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Global Exchange: Experience Primary Care Beyond Our Borders -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140625gsted-woncafm360.html

PCMH Model Is Alive and Well Despite One Negative Study -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140312pcmhjamaedl.html

One Voice Becomes Many via Support for FamMedPAC -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20140115fammedpacedl.html

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

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

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

Having Your Say on the Future of Family Medicine -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130910ffm2.html

Family Physicians Are on Frontline of Protecting Kids as School Starts -- AAFP News

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

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

RUC Process Comes Under Increasing Public Scrutiny -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130812rucprocessedl.html

Higher Medicaid Payments Take Effect as AAFP Efforts Pay Off -- AAFP News

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130731parityedl.html

Going 'Back to School' Helps Inform, Inspire Teens -- AAFP News

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

http://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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20130409presmsg-gme.html

Rural Physicians Don't Have to Go it Alone -- AAFP News

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

http://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

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

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

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20121115grassrootsoutreach.html

Social Media in Medicine: Do Your Patients 'Like' You? -- AAFP News

Jun 29, 2012 - The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently issued guidelines for the use of social media and social networking in medical practice. You could read the entire 17-page document here, or I can paraphrase their recommendations in one tweet-sized blurb: Physicians should never ...

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120629editbrull.html

We're Changing Our Approach to the RUC -- AAFP News

Mar 16, 2012 - Evaluation and management codes, such as 99213 and 99214, are limited by Medicare billing rules. More importantly, they fail to reflect the complexity of our patients' conditions, the effect one of those conditions might have on another, and the intensity of the services we routinely ...

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20120316presmessonruc.html

AAFP Resources Can Help Us Help Returning Vets -- AAFP News

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

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

Evidence for Substituting Nurses for Primary Care Physicians is Lacking -- AAFP News

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

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

Investments in Medical Home Model Starting to Pay Dividends -- AAFP News

Nov 8, 2011 - It has been five years since the AAFP adopted a policy stating that every American should have a personal medical home. In the years since then, the Academy has championed the idea of the patient-centered medical home, or PCMH, with the belief that the PCMH model improves outcomes and ...

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20111108pres-msg-pcmhpays.html

AAFP Maintains Mandatory CME to Prescribe Opioids Is Unnecessary -- AAFP News

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

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

Dealing Strategically With the RUC to Boost Family Physician Payment -- AAFP News

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

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

The Ongoing Battle to Permanently Fix the SGR -- AAFP News

Mar 2, 2011 - SGR: Those three letters have the power to spark outrage in family physicians and strike fear into the hearts of politicians. Those three letters also consume a disproportionate amount of the AAFP's time and energy as we aggressively lobby Congress to permanently fix the SGR.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20110302permfixsgr.html

Nurse Practitioners Are Team Members, Not Leaders, in the PCMH -- AAFP News

Nov 12, 2010 - This year, the U.S. Congress passed landmark health care reform legislation that has been, and continues to be, hotly debated. Whatever happens with the reform legislation, however, there is no doubt that health care in the United States needs to be rebuilt. And that requires all health...

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20101112editorial-nps.html

Members Quick to Respond to Haiti's Earthquake Disaster -- AAFP News

Jan 27, 2010 - Family medicine's spirit of compassion is alive and well, judging by AAFP members' swift response after a massive earthquake Jan. 12 devastated the Caribbean island nation of Haiti.

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

http://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20100127edit-haiti.html

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