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Louisiana AFP Members, PCMH Critical to Health Care Revitalization in New Orleans --...

Dec 22, 2010 - The health care system in New Orleans used to serve as a prime example of a top-heavy system that delivered low-quality care at a high price. For generations, the city's health care and safety net infrastructure relied on a highly centralized public hospital system that made access to ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20101222louisianacotm.html

Community-focused Colorado Health Care System Touted as National Model -- AAFP News

Mar 30, 2011 - During the past couple of years, a highly integrated, community-focused health care system unique to Grand Junction, Colo., has been held up as a model to the rest of the country by sources ranging from medical journals to mainstream media, and from public policy think tanks to ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110330coloradochapter.html

Family Physician Efforts Put Rhode Island on Front Line of PCMH Implementation -- ...

Apr 30, 2011 - The Rhode Island AFP has emerged as part of a growing medical home movement in Rhode Island. Family physician practices, public and private payers, and government officials have all come together in an ongoing effort to revamp the delivery and provision of health care services in the ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110430rhodeislandchapter.html

Georgia AFP Provides Funds, Support to Launch 'PCMH University' -- AAFP News

Jun 30, 2011 - If the Georgia AFP has its way, the state soon will be known for more than its abundance of juicy peaches. By the end of 2012, chapter leaders envision Georgia as a state ripe with family physicians who can, with full confidence, call their practices bona fide patient-centered medical ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110630georgiachapter.html

Magnolia State Grows Its Own Rural Primary Care Physicians -- AAFP News

May 25, 2011 - Patrick Brent Smith, M.D., is a third-year family medicine resident at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, or UMMC, in Jackson. He was also one of the first scholars in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. As such, he'll soon return to his Mississippi Delta ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110525mississippichapter.html

California AFP Teams Up With State's Family Medicine Residents to Spotlight ...

Jul 27, 2011 - It started out as a simple idea to hold a social get-together for residents at two different residency programs, but before they were done, Alisha Dyer, D.O., Charlene Hauser, M.D., M.P.H., and Randi Sokol, M.D., M.P.H., had created a bona fide workforce pipeline program operated in ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110727californiaafp.html

Illinois AFP Focused on Helping Small Practices Meet Challenges of Health Care ...

Aug 31, 2011 - As family physicians everywhere struggle to adjust to a revamped health care system, the Illinois AFP has concluded that health care reform offers an opportunity to work with its members to meet and even exceed expectations of the new system. The chapter recently rolled out a four-part ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110831illinoischapter.html

Arkansas FPs, Other Physicians Rally to Help Injured Colleague -- AAFP News

Jan 31, 2011 - Family physician Trent Pierce, M.D., has worked for almost three decades in his solo practice in West Memphis, Ark. So when a bomb exploded outside his car almost two years ago and injured him critically, his physician colleagues swiftly rallied to help in any way they could. Heeding a ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110131arkansas-pierce.html

Alaska AFP Provides 'Gathering Place' for Far-flung Physicians -- AAFP News

Jan 31, 2012 - It's fair to say that family physicians who practice in Alaska have a healthy respect for weather conditions that can isolate towns and even cities in the dead of winter. I'm looking out my kitchen window, and the snow comes up to the base of the window, says John Cullen, M.D., ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120131alaskaafp.html

Texas AFP Overcomes Attempts to Legislate Independent Practice for Nurses -- AAFP News

Dec 28, 2011 - A mostly rural state, Texas is experiencing a shortage of family physicians and other primary care physicians. In response, both local and national organizations representing advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNS, have tried to obtain rights for these nurses to practice ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111228texasspotlight.html

Geography Challenges Hawaii AFP's Ability to Grow Family Medicine -- AAFP News

Feb 28, 2011 - The legendary surfer's paradise known as the Banzai Pipeline is located on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. However, a very different kind of pipeline is the topic of the day -- every day -- at the Hawaii AFP. Hawaii desperately needs to expand its primary care pipeline ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110228hawaiichapter.html

Kentucky FPs Join Fight to Make Pseudoephedrine Prescription-only -- AAFP News

Nov 30, 2011 - Sixteen state legislatures considered bills this year that would have made pseudoephedrine -- the key ingredient in methamphetamine -- a prescription drug. But, despite the escalating number of meth lab incidence nationwide and an estimated $23 billion a year spent on issues related to ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111130kentuckyafp.html

Indiana AFP Values Opportunity to Serve, Mingle With State Legislators -- AAFP News

Oct 26, 2011 - Why would a busy family physician put in a 14-hour day to serve as physician of the day for the Indiana Statehouse? Ask Indiana AFP Board Chair Jason Marker, M.D., of Wyatt, who volunteers for his chapter's Physician of the Day program several times every year. On those legislature duty...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20111026indianachapter.html

USAFP Is Connection Point for Military FPs Worldwide -- AAFP News

Apr 25, 2012 - On March 22, during its annual meeting in Las Vegas, the Uniformed Services AFP (USAFP) installed its new president via the Internet phone service known as Skype. The Las Vegas ballroom was packed with USAFP chapter members and their families who exploded in applause and rose to their ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120425usafp.html

Pennsylvania AFP Assists Primary Care Residencies, Practices With PCMH, EHR ...

Sep 30, 2011 - During a recent noontime conference with his residents, family physician Timothy Heilmann, M.D., asked them, Who here thinks they're doing a good job managing a diabetic patient? All of the residents' hands shot up. But Heilmann, associate director of the family medicine residency at ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20110930pennchapter.html

Kansas AFP Seeks Out Resources to Help Members Transform Practices -- AAFP News

Mar 30, 2012 - Even as evidence mounts that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model improves delivery of care and can result in higher morale and job satisfaction rates among physicians and staff members, the prospect of actually making the PCMH transformation can be financially daunting for ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120330kansaschapter.html

Family Medicine Message Resonates With Rural Oregon During Student Bike Tour -- AAFP...

Feb 29, 2012 - Although the Oregon AFP has always stressed the importance of supporting and strengthening the state's rural primary care workforce, that message frequently has been lost in a state that is dominated by large urban areas, such as Portland, Salem, Eugene and Medford. However, the Oregon ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120229-oregon-afp.html

Rural Family Physicians in North Dakota Reach Out to Educate Students About Family ...

Aug 31, 2012 - At a time when many largely rural states are desperate to train and then retain family physicians, North Dakota has emerged as a major source of newly minted FPs, earning a reputation for both training and retaining a high percentage of family physicians. As a rural state, much of North...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120831ndchapspotlight.html

New Jersey FPs Transforming, Transcending 'Distressed Environment' -- AAFP News

Dec 31, 2012 - As the AAFP constituent chapter that coined the phrase distressed practice environment, the New Jersey AFP (NJAFP) knows a thing or two about what it will take to build and maintain a healthy network of primary care and family medicine practices capable of caring for the state's nearly ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20121231newjerseyafp.html

Ohio Department of Health, OAFP Collaborate to Launch Innovative PCMH Program -- ...

Oct 1, 2012 - With the help of the Ohio AFP (OAF), the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recently turned a valve that will release a river of future primary care physicians flowing into the Buckeye state to provide higher quality health care. The Ohio HB 198 PCMH Education Pilot Project was two years ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20121001ohiochapter.html

Alabama FPs Help Make Patient Care Networks Function -- AAFP News

May 30, 2012 - Family physicians often are depicted as the bedrock of the nation's health care system, the leaders of patient-centered health care teams who deliver high-quality care at a lower cost. That description readily applies to the efforts of Alabama family physicians and members of the ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120530alabamachapter.html

Virginia Academy Helps Craft State Legislation Clarifying Physician, NP Roles -- ...

Nov 30, 2012 - The interests of family physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs) used to collide regularly in the Virginia General Assembly, largely because the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners (VCNP) and their legislative allies had for a few years been advocating legislation that would grant ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20121130virginiachapter.html

New York State AFP Works All Avenues to Mold Legislation, Traditions -- AAFP News

Jun 29, 2012 - The New York State AFP (NYSAFP) couldn't stop the state's Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-STOP) from becoming law, so members of the NYSAFP Board of Directors opened a dialogue to temper the bill -- and succeeded. In brief, the legislation creates an online database...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120629nysafp-advocacy.html

Vermont AFP Tackles Big Tasks With Committed Chapter Core -- AAFP News

Jul 31, 2012 - America's smallest states -- especially those with large swaths of rural landscape -- face special challenges when it comes to providing access to health care services for their populations. Ditto for membership organizations such as the Vermont AFP, which relies on a small pool of ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20120731vermontchapter.html

Arizona AFP Turns CME on its Head to Save Annual Meeting -- AAFP News

Jan 30, 2013 - In 2009, the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians (AZAFP) faced a tough decision. According to (then) President-elect Jeffrey Wolfrey, M.D., of Phoenix, the chapter's annual meeting, with its focus on CME for family physicians, was in a fiscal crisis. We'd had this (member) meeting for ...

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http://www.aafp.org/news/chapter-of-the-month/20130130arizonachapspot.html

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