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A Global View: Family Physicians Make Difference on Broad Scale

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

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

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

AAFP Commissions Offer Opportunity to Contribute, Learn and Lead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP Maintains Mandatory CME to Prescribe Opioids Is Unnecessary

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

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

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

AAFP Membership Hits All-time High

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

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

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

AAFP News Now Redesign Reflects Even Greater Focus on You

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

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

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

AAFP Payment Model Shows 'Promise,' Says HHS

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

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

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

AAFP Resources Can Help Us Help Returning Vets

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

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

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

AAFP Takes Seat at Table During 2009 Health Care Reform Debate

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

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

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

AAFP Volunteers, Staff Ensure CME is What You Need

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

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

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

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

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

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

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

AAFP, TransforMED Combine Knowledge to Better Serve Members

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

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

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

AAFP's Health Care Reform Coverage Statistics Are Impressive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attacks on Science Call for Strong Defense by Family Physicians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bioterrorism and the Vital Role of Family Physicians

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

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

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

Building Relationships With Parents Can Make a Difference in Vaccine Acceptance

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

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

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

Cancer Survivors Need FPs, Subspecialists to Collaborate

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

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

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

Carrying the Olympic Torch to Honor You

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

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

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

Center Preserves, Shares Family Medicine's Inspirational History

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

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

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

Changing Landscape Heralds Transition for TransforMED

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

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

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

Collaboration With CVS Amplifies Health is Primary's Message

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

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

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

Combining Academy's Residency Conferences Benefits Faculty, Staff

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

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

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

Coming Soon: Important Office Visit Survey

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

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

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

Concerted Effort Helps AAFP Make a Difference in Washington

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

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

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

Congress Must Extend DACA Protections

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

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

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

Congress Needs the Expertise of Family Physicians

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

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

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

Corporate Partner Program Helps FPs Support Health Care for All

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

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

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

Cutting Global Health Programs Puts Americans at Risk

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

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

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

Dealing Strategically With the RUC to Boost Family Physician Payment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Differing Views, Member Priorities Challenge AAFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Recommendation Sparks Discussion on Overweight, Obesity

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

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

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

Evidence for Substituting Nurses for Primary Care Physicians is Lacking

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

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

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

Family Medicine and Wonca on World Stage

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

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

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

Family Medicine Is Poised to Lead on Addiction Care

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

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

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

Family Physician Finds Antidote to Burnout in Innovation

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

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

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

Family Physicians Are in Perfect Position to Address Oral Health

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

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

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

Family Physicians Are on Frontline of Protecting Kids as School Starts

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

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

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

Family Physicians Play Key Role in Planning Assembly CME

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

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

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

FamMedPAC Is Our Catalyst for Effectiveness in Washington

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

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

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

FamMedPAC Keeps Family Medicine at Table During 2012 Election Cycle

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

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

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

Fight for Improved Maternal Health Depends on FPs

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

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

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

Fighting Cancer With Patients, Peers, Community on My Side

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

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

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

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