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Don't Blame Mental Illness for Mass Shootings

Sep 18, 2019 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in the Fresh Perspectives blog that taking the wholesale approach of blaming mass shootings on mental illness stigmatizes patients who have mental health issues and deflects attention from real predictors of such incidents.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190918fp-massshootings.html

Electronic Health Records

Sep 12, 2019 - The AAFP believes that EMRs are vital to the expansion of primary care and the patient centered medical home model of care delivery, and supports meaningful use efforts.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Medicaid

Sep 11, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for fair and effective regulations impacting family physicians and patients served by this vital program that provides health care for vulnerable populations.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Medicare Coverage

Sep 11, 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

Administrative Simplification -- Legal Issues

Sep 11, 2019 - Reducing the administrative burden on physicians is an important step toward reducing the cost of health care. The AAFP supports simplifying reimbursement processes.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Medicare Physician Payment -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Sep 11, 2019 - The AAFP refutes the SGR as an accurate indicator of physician cost in providing patient care and recommends study of the PCMH model to inform regulatory changes.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Telemedicine Filling Gap for Rural Community

Sep 10, 2019 - Tate Hinkle, M.D., explains in this Fresh Perspectives blog post how a telemedicine program allowed his rural community to provide comprehensive care and made it easier to recruit a new subspecialist.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190910fp-telemedicine.html

Social Media Influencers or FPs: Who Do Patients Trust?

Sep 3, 2019 - Michael Richardson, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that physicians can overcome the spate of false and misleading health reports that consumers find on social media by emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190903fp-socialmedia.html

Telehealth

Aug 29, 2019 - Follow developing payment policies supporting the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communications.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Prescription Drug Issues

Aug 29, 2019 - The AAFP recognizes that prescription drug issues are a significant problem in the United States, and supports various federal agencies working to combat this public health concern.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Direct Primary Care -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Aug 26, 2019 - The AAFP supports the physician choice to 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

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

Women's Health

Aug 26, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for affordable access to important wellness and preventive health care for women, and call upon the insurance industry to support this standard of care.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Graduate Medical Education

Aug 26, 2019 - The AAFP believes that investment in the primary care workforce is vital and seeks to preserve funding for residency programs in family medicine.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

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

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

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

AAFP CME Course Faculty - Call for Proposals -- CME

Aug 7, 2019 - Submit your proposal to speak as a faculty member for AAFP 2020 CME courses.

CME : CME Faculty

https://www.aafp.org/cme/faculty/call-for-proposals.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

Helping Patients Lose Weight Is Hard, but Don't Give Up

Aug 6, 2019 - Human behavior is hard to change. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Margaux Lazarin, D.O., M.P.H., ponders the challenge of helping patients achieve -- and sustain -- weight loss.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190806fp-weightloss.html

Medical Home

Aug 5, 2019 - The AAFP believes that the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) provides patients with a holistic and coordinated approach to health care, and supports the advancement of this primary care delivery system.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Environmental Concerns in Public Health

Aug 2, 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

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

Alternative Payment Models -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Jul 31, 2019 - The AAFP refutes the SGR as an accurate indicator of physician cost in providing patient care and recommends study of the PCMH model or other alternative payment models to inform regulatory changes.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule -- Physician Payment Advocacy

Jul 31, 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/internal/medicare-physician-fee-schedule.html

Where Do You Draw the Line With Patients, Animals?

Jul 31, 2019 - Amid calls for stricter standards for emotional support animals, we asked our new physician bloggers how they handle letter-writing requests from patients regarding their animals. This Fresh Perspectives blog post includes their answers.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190731fp-pets.html

Specialty's Breadth Drew Resident Leader to Family Medicine

Jul 29, 2019 - Anna Askari, M.D., M.S.B.S., volunteered in free clinics for nine years as a college and medical student. The array of skills displayed by her family medicine mentors made her specialty choice an easy one.

AAFP News : Family Doc Focus

https://www.aafp.org/news/family-doc-focus/20190729fdf-askari.html

State Legislative Issue Backgrounders

Jul 26, 2019 - State Legislative Issue Backgrounders from the AAFP Center for State Policy

Advocacy : On the State Front

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/states/backgrounders.html

Patients Facing Homelessness Need More Than Referrals

Jul 23, 2019 - In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Anita Ravi, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P., explains why Refer to social work is not the natural conclusion of a physician's role in addressing social determinants of health among patients experiencing homelessness.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190723fp-homeless.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

Medical Student Debt

Jul 15, 2019 - The cost of medical education can impact 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

My Teen Patient Opened Up About Her Suicide Attempt

Jul 15, 2019 - Teen suicide rates are on the rise. In this Fresh Perspectives blog post, Lalita Abhyankar, M.D., M.H.S., shares insights from a recent visit with a teenage patient who survived a suicide attempt.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190715fp-teensuicide.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

Health Spending Keeps Going Up; Why Are Outcomes Worse?

Jul 3, 2019 - Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., writes in this Fresh Perspectives blog post that even as U.S. health care costs continue to climb, several key outcomes are in steep decline.

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

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/freshperspectives/entry/20190703fp-hcspendingup.html

Antitrust / Collective Negotiation -- Legal Issues

Jun 26, 2019 - The AAFP advocates for the update of antitrust laws impacting family physicians and for the inclusion of health insurance companies within the scope of these regulations.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

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

Tobacco Use

Jun 26, 2019 - Primary care physicians play a crucial role in the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction, as well as influencing legislation that promotes public health.

Advocacy : Stay Informed

https://www.aafp.org/advocacy/informed/pubhealth/tobacco.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

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