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2019 CME Session Topics

Feb 27, 2019 - View the CME topics that will be discussed at the 2019 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX), September 24-28, 2019, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/cme/opportunities/session-topics.html

2019 Handouts

Aug 27, 2019 - View handouts from the 2019 AAFP FMX.

Events : Family Medicine Experience (FMX)

https://www.aafp.org/events/fmx/cme/handouts.html

2020 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students Suggested ...

Oct 3, 2018 - View educational programming focus areas for the 2020 National Conference, July 30 - August 1, 2020, in Kansas City, MO.

Events : National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students

https://www.aafp.org/events/national-conference/education/proposals/focus-areas.html

AAFP Offers Senate Suggestions for Improved Primary Care

Dec 10, 2018 - The AAFP recently advised a Senate committee to support work on advanced primary care, social determinants of health, direct primary care and CMS' Independence at Home demonstration project.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181210senatetestimony.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

AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

Sep 5, 2018 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Feb 2, 2018 - Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

Jun 19, 2018 - As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180619ITT_DPC.html

AAFP to HHS: Let Physicians Transform Their Practices

Nov 6, 2018 - In response to a request for information, the AAFP urged HHS' Office of Inspector General to confirm that any new CMS action would allow for physician collaboration and partnerships to improve care delivery and appropriate beneficiary incentives.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181106hhsoigltr.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

About Direct Primary Care

Jan 28, 2019 - AAFP - About Direct Primary Care

Press Center : Media Kits

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/kits/about-primary-care.html

Academy Adds Obstetrics Member Interest Group

Jan 23, 2019 - A new AAFP member interest group on obstetrics aims to help family physicians integrate comprehensive, evidence-based maternity health care into their practices.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190123obmig.html

Academy Praises Bill Lowering Direct Primary Care Barrier

Aug 26, 2019 - The Academy recently applauded legislation that would revise the federal tax code to allow health savings account funds to be applied to direct primary care fees.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190826pceact.html

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Jan 24, 2019 - The AAFP supports the ACO model, and promotes benchmarks, information systems, and payment regulations that protect both patients and family physicians.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/delivery/acos.html

Administrative Simplification -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - Reducing administrative burden is a critical step in protecting the overall well-being of family physicians and reducing the cost of health care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Alternative Payment Models -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP recommends the study of APMs to inform regulatory changes on payment, including the merit-based incentive program and the primary care spend model.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment/apms.html

Antitrust / Collective Negotiation -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates updating antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the antitrust scope.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Beat the Clock: Why I Chose Direct Primary Care

Jan 15, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that the limitations of the 12-minute patient visits she experienced as a resident inspired her to start her own direct primary care practice.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190115fp-whydpc.html

Building a Direct Primary Care Practice

Jul 9, 2018 - After more than eight years in the fee-for-service world, Jeffrey Gold, M.D., needed a change. He found a model that makes sense in direct primary care.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20180709fdf-gold.html

Caring for Immigrants at the Border and on Capitol Hill

Oct 7, 2019 - Claudia Mercado, M.D., treated thousands of asylum-seekers this summer in Laredo, Texas, and more are on the way. Now she's taking her message to Washington, D.C.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191007fdf-mercado.html

Celebrating Disruptive Innovators in Primary Care

Aug 6, 2019 - In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin spotlights four family physician leaders who found innovative ways to improve care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190806itt-disrupters.html

Chapters Report Varied Approaches to Common State Issues

Nov 13, 2018 - A roundtable at the AAFP's 2018 State Legislative Conference offered an overview of how some chapters are meeting -- and overcoming -- legislative challenges.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181113slcroundup.html

Childhood Bullying: Implications for Physicians - American Family Physician

Feb 1, 2018 - Childhood bullying is common and can lead to serious adverse physical and mental health effects for both the victim and the bully. In teenagers, risk factors for becoming a victim of bullying include being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; having a disability or medical condition ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2018/0201/p187.html

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP supports the continuing development and improvement of CHIP, which cares for uninsured children and is a vital part of the primary care system.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/chip.html

CMS Considers New Direct Provider Contracting Model

Jun 11, 2018 - The AAFP took advantage of CMS' request for information on a proposed new payment model to highlight the benefits of direct primary care and the Academy's own alternative payment model.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180611dpcrfi.html

Compensation is up for family physicians -- FPM

Apr 12, 2018 - Family physicians saw their annual compensation increase an average of 5 percent over last year, reflecting an industrywide rise in physician pay.

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

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

Data in (Direct) Primary Care: Striking the Right Balance

Jun 24, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Allison Edwards, M.D., writes that the health care system has done a poor job of measuring quality overall, but says that direct primary care can start over with a blank slate.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190624fp-dpcmeasures.html

Direct Primary Care

Jan 4, 2018 - Read the AAFP's policy statement on direct primary care.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/direct-primary.html

Direct Primary Care -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Oct 15, 2019 - provide health care in any ethical health care delivery system model, including the DPC practice setting.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment/dpc.html

Direct Primary Care | American Academy of Family Physicians -- Physician Payment

Mar 21, 2019 - The DPC model gives family physicians a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing and provides patients a greater degree of access to physicians.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/dpc.html

Direct Primary Care Toolkit | American Academy of Family Physicians -- Physician Payment

Mar 21, 2019 - The AAFP DPC Toolkit is designed to help you evaluate and plan for your conversion or start-up to a DPC practice.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/dpc/toolkit-offer.html

Direct Primary Care Toolkit | American Academy of Family Physicians -- Physician Payment

Mar 21, 2019 - The AAFP DPC Toolkit is designed to help you evaluate and plan for your conversion or start-up to a direct primary care practice.

Practice Management : Payment for Physicians

https://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/dpc/toolkit.html

Direct Primary Care: A Snapshot

Aug 20, 2019 - Direct primary care family physician Allison Edwards, M.D., reflects in this Fresh Perspectives blog post on insights from the AAFP's DPC Data Brief and offers a path for the movement to grow thoughtfully.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190820fp-dpcsnapshot.html

DPC Doc Shares Vision in State Leadership Role

Sep 23, 2019 - Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H., combined addiction medicine and direct primary care in one practice. Now Rutherford, the Kentucky AFP's Board chair, is letting others know her model works.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190923fdf-rutherford.html

Electronic Health Records

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP believes EHRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the medical home model of care delivery but should be accessible and affordable.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

End-of-Life Care

Oct 15, 2019 - Learn how the AAFP is supporting federal efforts to cover voluntary discussions between physicians and patients about end-of-life care plans.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for public health and prevention policies that support the work of family physicians and primary care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/environmental.html

Events and Opportunities

Apr 9, 2019 - Put your stamp on family medicine by participating as a speaker, poster presenter, exhibitor, or author at the AAFP.

About AAFP : Events and Opportunities

https://www.aafp.org/about/events-and-opportunities.html

Family Doc Focus

Feb 12, 2018 - This is the topic page for the Family Doc Focus feature -- formerly known as Member Monday -- which spotlights AAFP members who have made unique and noteworthy contributions to family medicine, patients and/or the nation's health care system.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus.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 physician pay goes up, satisfaction with pay goes down -- FPM

Apr 18, 2019 - An annual survey of physician compensation shows a healthy gain for physicians. How do you compare?

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/2019_compensation.html

Find Joy in Practice -- Physician Health First

Aug 8, 2019 - Find tools and resources to help you reignite your joy in practice and passion for medicine.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/find-joy-in-practice.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

FP Is Taking a Direct Approach to Making Things Better

Apr 15, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., isn't shy about sharing her opinion when things need improvement. At two upcoming AAFP events, she'll share her perspective as a direct primary care practice owner.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190415fdf-edwards.html

FPs Steer the AAFP With Plenty of Ways to Influence Course

Jun 5, 2019 - AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., explains how AAFP policy is set by members who represent a wide scope of opinions about the best ways to advance family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190605lv-governance.html

FPs Tackle Primary Care Spending, Other Weighty Topics

Oct 12, 2018 - The 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates' Reference Committee on Advocacy considered a number of resolutions important to family physicians and their patients, including primary care spending and single payer options.

AAFP News : News From 2018 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2018-congress-fmx/20181012cod-advocacy.html

Graduate Medical Education

Oct 15, 2019 - Investment in the primary care workforce is vital, so the AAFP seeks to preserve funding for GME residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/gme.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

Health Insurance Marketplaces and CO-OPs

Aug 8, 2019 - The AAFP supports the increase to primary care access through health care marketplaces and consumer operated and oriented plans as presented in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/aca/marketplace.html

High-deductible Plans Give 'Prevention' a New Meaning

Apr 1, 2019 - Robert Raspa, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that high-deductible plans are causing patients to delay needed care, which leads to more costly urgent care later.

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

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

High-deductible Plans Shouldn't Endanger Continuity of Care

Dec 18, 2018 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin addresses the need for continuity of care among patients with high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20181218itt-hdhp.html

How Much Will This Cost, Doc?

Nov 26, 2019 - Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that CME can arm physicians with new approaches to treatment, but too often discussions leave out the aspect of cost and value.

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

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

In Business -- Including Health Care -- Someone Has To Pay

Dec 9, 2019 - A group of physicians recently spoke out about their institution's aggressive collections tactics. Allison Edwards, M.D., asks in this Fresh Perspectives post whether anyone will follow their lead in standing up for patients regarding skyrocketing costs in the U.S. health care system.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191209fp-collections.html

Injury Prevention and Violence

Oct 15, 2019 - Primary care providers play a crucial role in responding to safety and violence concerns. The AAFP shares policies relevant to the care of these situations.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/safety.html

Interoperability

Sep 12, 2019 - The AAFP seeks to keep physicians concerns central as information technologies are integrated into an effective, patient centered health care system.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/hit/emr/interoperability.html

It Started With One Question: What Is High-value Care?

Oct 8, 2019 - Health policy wonk Kyle Leggott, M.D., and direct primary care physician Allison Edwards, M.D., debate the flaws and potential fixes of our health care system in this wide-ranging QandA.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20191008fp-highvaluecare.html

Let's Get Drug Pricing Under Control

Nov 26, 2018 - Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that it's high time we find a fix for the drug pricing system that we've grown too accustomed to.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20181126fp-drugprices.html

Managing the Vacuum of Freedom After Residency

Jun 26, 2018 - After being told what their next steps should be for years, graduating residents now get to choose their own path. Allison Edwards, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that they shouldn't panic.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180626fp-endtraining.html

Many Maps, One Aim: Charting a Course to Family Medicine

Jul 31, 2019 - The 2019 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students kicked off with a moving main-stage storytelling presentation centered on the theme Exploring More.

AAFP News : Physician Education and Development

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190731nc-storytelling.html

Medicaid Coverage

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for fair, effective Medicaid regulations impacting family physicians and their patients.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/medicaid.html

Medical Home

Aug 5, 2019 - The AAFP believes the Medical Home model provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/delivery/medhome.html

Medical Liability -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP supports medical liability reform of regulation 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

Medical Student Debt

Oct 15, 2019 - Because the cost of medical education impacts the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP supports alternative funding strategies for family medicine students.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/workforce/debt.html

Medicare Coverage

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for primary care physicians and their patients by calling for expanded health care coverage, including Medicare coverage.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/medicare.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

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Sep 19, 2019 - The AAFP summarizes details of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, including regulatory requirements.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment/medicare-physician-fee-schedule.html

Medicare Physician Payment -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Oct 15, 2019 - With the repeal of the SGR, family physicians can focus more on caring for their Medicare patients without worrying about interruptions in payment.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment/medicare.html

Member Value -- Member Benefits

Aug 1, 2018 - AAFP membership value

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/member-value.html

Model Legislation

Jan 4, 2019 - Use the AAFP’s Model Legislation Library to access examples of legislation created by other organizations for your use in creating state policy laws.

Advocacy : On the State Front

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/states/model-legislation.workforce.0.html

Model Legislation

Jan 4, 2019 - Use the AAFP’s Model Legislation Library to access examples of legislation created by other organizations for your use in creating state policy laws.

Advocacy : On the State Front

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/states/model-legislation.html

New Academic Mentorship MIG Already 95 Members Strong

Oct 19, 2018 - The AAFP Board of Directors recently approved a new member interest group to help family physicians spotlight academic medicine as a vibrant career choice.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20181019newmig.html

New MIG Focuses on Climate Change, Environmental Health

Apr 5, 2019 - A new AAFP member interest group is designed to increase family physicians' understanding of and action on climate change and its health harms.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20190405environmentmig.html

New Year, Same Issues. Why Does Health Care Cost So Much?

Jan 2, 2018 - We asked our new physician bloggers what issues concern them for their practices and patients in 2018. The cost of care to patients tops the list.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20180102fp-newyear.html

No Margin, No Mission: Better Physician Pay = Better Patient Care

Jan 8, 2019 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines six areas of focus where the Academy's advocacy work is aimed at improving payment for primary care.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190108itt-betterpayment.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

Obesity Prevention and Treatment

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for health care policies that address the significant health impact of obesity.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/obesity.html

Objection! Can We Bring Order to Documentation and Billing?

Apr 5, 2019 - Have you ever seen a lawyer documenting everything said during court? Neither has Allison Edwards, M.D., who ponders in this Fresh Perspectives blog post whether doctors could learn something about how attorneys document -- and bill for -- their work.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190405fp-billing.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

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

Part I: Sharing Our Legislative, Regulatory Priorities for 2018

Feb 6, 2018 - AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the AAFP's priorities for 2018 regarding payment reform and practice transformation.

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180206ITT_Priorities.html

Patient Privacy (HIPAA) -- Legal Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - Information on HIPAA from the AAFP, including regulations around patient privacy and how the AAFP is monitoring the impact on primary care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Oct 15, 2019 - Information for family physicians from the AAFP as the health care reform established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/coverage/aca.html

Payment, Physician

May 8, 2019 - Read the AAFP's position on the physician's responsibility to devise a reliable payment system.

About AAFP |AAFP Policies and Recommendations : Policies

https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/payment-physician.html

Physician Leaders Can't Wait for Squeaks to Turn Into Clunks

Jan 2, 2019 - Gary LeRoy, M.D., writes in this Leader Voices Blog post that the AAFP must listen to its members' urgent concerns while also pursuing the long-term needs of family medicine.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20190102lv-listening.html

Physician Well-being a Focal Point for Academy in 2018

Jan 2, 2018 - Physician Health First, the physician well-being initiative the Academy launched in 2017, will expand in 2018 with a new event and more resources.

AAFP News : Member Resources and Tools for 2018

https://www.aafp.org/news/resources-tools-2018/20180102wellbeing.html

Practical Strategies to Achieve Your Health Policy Goals -- FPM

Apr 1, 2019 - As a physician, you can have a powerful voice in bringing about change in your community. Here’s how to go about it.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2019/0300/p20.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

Practice Models: Finding Fulfillment in a Concierge Practice -- Physician Health First

May 25, 2018 - Learn why Thomas LaGrelius, MD, FAAFP, opted for practicing in a concierge direct primary care setting and why this practice model works for him.

Membership : Member Benefits

https://www.aafp.org/membership/benefits/physician-health-first/phf/concierge-practice.acc.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

Prescription Drug Issues

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP recognizes the significant problems prescription drug issues present and works to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/rxabuse.html

Preventive Health

Oct 15, 2019 - The AAFP supports efforts to promote wellness and preventive public health care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/prevstrategy.html

Protecting Physician Payment

Oct 15, 2019 - Stay current on Medicare payment policies, APMs, and the AAFP's work to advocate for physician payment that does not add to administrative complexity.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/payment.html

Reaping Benefits (and Avoiding Pitfalls) of Social Media

Jul 10, 2019 - After recent research showed the effect one negative social media post can have on a doctor's credibility, we asked our new physician bloggers how -- and why -- they use social media. This Fresh Perspectives blog post presents their responses.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190710fp-socialmedia.html

Residency Grad Thanks His Best Teachers -- His Patients

Aug 12, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, recent graduate Kyle Leggott, M.D., reflects on one of the most difficult tasks of his residency training: saying goodbye to his patients.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190812fp-thankpatients.html

Resident's Fitness Focus Set Her on Family Medicine Course

Dec 9, 2019 - During her quest to become an elite athlete, Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, M.D., M.S., recognized the importance of prevention, healthy lifestyles and, ultimately, family medicine.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20191209fdf-foucher.html

Resolution No. 205 (Kansas A) - Voice of the Patient within the AAFP -- Congress of ...

Apr 11, 2018 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians investigate the process to represent the voice of the patient to the Board of Directors.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2017/resolutions2/kansas-a.mem.html

Resolution No. 504 (Minnesota A) - Health Care Payment Reform -- Congress of Delegates

Jul 22, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians ask the government to give a medical tax credit for U.S. citizens buying direct primary care to transform American medical care into a more efficient primary care based personal health care.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2018/resolutions2/minnesota-a.mem.html

Resolution No. 516 (Co-Sponsored L) - Primary Care Spending Rate -- Congress of Delegates

May 22, 2019 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians update and expand its toolkit to include all payers in its model templates for chapters to use to advocate for legislation or regulation in their state to establish favorable primary care spending rates.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/2018/resolutions2/cosponsored-l.mem.html

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