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Tuesday Nov 22, 2016

The 'Change Election' Happened -- Now What?

In less than 60 days, a new president and administration will move into the White House. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues the Academy plans to focus on in 2017.[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 08, 2016

You can drive change in Washington; here's how

The AAFP has launched a new grassroots network designed to be a forum to educate, coordinate, and engage family physicians around family medicine's priority issues. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the details.[Read More]

Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

MACRA 101: What You Need to Know

On October 14, CMS released the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin summarizes what family physicians need to know about MACRA.

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Tuesday Oct 11, 2016

Donald or Hillary? How Choice Affects Health Care

Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have expressed commitments to addressing the nation's opioid epidemic as well as support for improved access to mental health services and improve access to care for veterans. But the presidential candidates split -- widely -- on their approaches to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how the election could impact health care.[Read More]

Tuesday Sep 27, 2016

AAFP Advocacy on MACRA Implementation Paying Off

CMS recently announced a "Pick Your Pace" plan that would provide greater flexibility for physicians regarding the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that the options outlined by CMS reflect recommendations by the AAFP, and he outlines other concerns the Academy has raised about the complexity of the proposed regulation.

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Tuesday Sep 13, 2016

Crunch Time for Congress: Key Health Issues Unresolved

As time runs out on the current Congress, the AAFP is closely monitoring legislation that would affect key health care programs and issues, including funding to address the Zika virus outbreak. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains.

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Tuesday Aug 30, 2016

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and highlights new member resources related to this important topic.

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Tuesday Aug 16, 2016

CPC+ Holds Plenty of Potential for FPs

The CMS Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program (CPC+) may bring great benefit to family physicians. AAFP Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that realizing that potential requires a high number of family physicians apply to the program and participate in it.
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Tuesday Aug 02, 2016

Fee schedule reflects CMS efforts to support primary care

The proposed rule for the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule includes several updates to payment policies that would benefit family physicians. But CMS can—and should—do more to support primary care. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights what the Academy is supporting in the proposed rule as well as issues that need more work.

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Tuesday Jul 19, 2016

No Summer Break for AAFP Advocacy Efforts

Summer vacation? Hardly. The AAFP has been tracking and working on a number of important issues, including opioid abuse, mental health, the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and more. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers a wide ranging update on the Academy's advocacy efforts.

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Tuesday Jul 05, 2016

Making MACRA Manageable

The AAFP recently submitted an in-depth response to the proposed rule intended to guide implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines three key areas of the proposed rule that need revision and what the Academy recommended.

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Tuesday Jun 21, 2016

AAFP Showing Strong Support for DPC

The direct primary care model (DPC) is a patient-centered model that eliminates much of the administrative burden associated with modern primary care practice. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights how the Academy is supporting members practicing in DPC models as well as those who are interested in learning more.

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Tuesday Jun 07, 2016

AAFP Offering Resources, Support for Small Practices

Solo and small practices often outperform larger practices in evaluations, but the once dominant practice models have seen their numbers decline dramatically. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some resources and opportunities that could offer help to solo and small practices.

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Tuesday May 24, 2016

Why You Should Apply for CPC+ Program

This summer, CMS will select 5,000 practices to participate in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is urging family physicians to apply for a program that is designed to support fundamental change in care delivery with fundamental changes in payment structure.



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Tuesday May 10, 2016

MACRA is Coming, the AAFP Has Resources to Help

The AAFP recently launched a campaign to help family physicians prepare for the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some key resources that will help you start the process of becoming MACRA Ready.

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