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Tuesday Jun 20, 2017

AAFP Delegation Gives Family Medicine Voice at AMA Meeting

The AMA House of Delegates met last week in Chicago to discuss and debate policies aimed at improving our health care system. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers an update from the perspective of the Academy's delegation.

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Tuesday Jun 06, 2017

Things Are Heating Up Outside and On Capitol Hill

As the weather warms up, so could debate about health policy. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin offers updates on three important issues the Academy will be working on this summer.

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Tuesday May 23, 2017

Social Media Campaign Touts Family Medicine

Today, more than 250 family physicians and medical students are on Capitol Hill to talk with their representatives and senators about issues important to family physicians and their patients. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how you can help amplify their message without leaving town.[Read More]

Tuesday May 09, 2017

Patients on high-deductible plans need primary care coverage

Patients with high-deductible health plans often avoid preventive care, leading to higher health care costs down the road. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines an AAFP policy proposal that would provide such patients with access to primary care without cost-sharing requirements.[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 25, 2017

I'm Listening: Part II

In a second In The Trenches blog post dedicated to responding to member feedback, Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the AAFP is addressing concerns about administrative burden.[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 11, 2017

Go Ahead, I'm Listening

From your comments on AAFP News stories and blog posts to responses to annual surveys, the Academy is listening. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how to make your voice heard.

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Tuesday Mar 14, 2017

Repeal and Replace? A Look at American Health Care Act

Efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act advanced last week with the introduction of the American Health Care Act. Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines what would change under the proposal and what provisions of the ACA would stay in place.[Read More]

Tuesday Feb 28, 2017

AAFP to Help FPs With Population Health

The AAFP is developing tools to help family physicians address the social determinants of health and manage population health. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin has the details.
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Tuesday Feb 14, 2017

Repairing ACA May be More Likely Than Full Repeal

Repealing and replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has proven to be difficult for Congress and the new administration. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin writes that repairing the health care law may be more likely.

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Tuesday Jan 31, 2017

Reducing Administrative Burden a Must

Administrative and regulatory burden is one of the top reasons independent practices close and is a leading cause of physician burnout. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines key issues, such as prior authorizations, the Academy is focused on in 2017.
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Tuesday Jan 17, 2017

Speak Out to Preserve Health Care Coverage

Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States and Congress is moving forward with efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act without firm plans for a replacement. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines how the Academy is pushing back.
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Tuesday Jan 03, 2017

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to defend. [Read More]

Tuesday Dec 20, 2016

Old Issues, New Year: A Look Back (and Ahead)

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin reflects on some key health care issues from 2016 and looks ahead to the new year. 
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Tuesday Dec 06, 2016

AAFP to Congress: Hands Off USPSTF

A bill has been introduced that would alter the composition and processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is stringently opposing the legislation.[Read More]

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]

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