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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

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

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

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

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