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Tuesday Oct 25, 2016

FPs Are There for Patients in Wake of Disaster

Hurricane Matthew recently claimed the lives of at least 25 people in North Carolina. Total damage to homes and businesses (including more than 100,000 damaged structures), as well as to crops in the state, is estimated at $1.5 billion. In the storm's aftermath, Mott Blair, M.D., reflects on family physicians' unique ability to care for their communities every day and in times of crisis.[Read More]

Monday Oct 17, 2016

Prescribing for Opioid Addiction Is My Responsibility

Federal law requires physicians to pass an eight-hour course and apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Alan Schwartzstein, M.D., explains why he thinks it's a worthwhile investment.[Read More]

Monday Oct 10, 2016

Despite Flaws, Potential Vast for Health IT

Carl Olden, M.D., writes that new payment models and delegating documentation work may be keys to getting the most value out of electronic health records. [Read More]

Wednesday Oct 05, 2016

Unreasonable Drug Prices Force Patients to Skip Meds

AAFP officers are in Washington this week to address many issues of concern to primary care, including skyrocketing prescription drug prices.

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Tuesday Sep 27, 2016

Meeting With Mentor Underscores Importance of Relationships

A meeting with the mentor who introduced her to family medicine nearly 40 years ago highlighted a week that left Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., feeling like she had been "immunized against burnout."

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Wednesday Sep 21, 2016

Encouragement Is Key to Developing Physician Leaders

Newly installed AAFP President John Meigs, M.D., reflects on his path to leadership and urges others not only to join him, but to mentor and encourage others to follow.

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Tuesday Sep 13, 2016

Our Country Is Hungry for the Message of Family Medicine

After more than 200 days on the road, AAFP President Wanda Filer, M.D., M.B.A., reflects on a whirlwind of meetings with legislators, policymakers, payers, media and medical students.

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Tuesday Sep 06, 2016

What I Know Now, and What Lies Ahead

After six years of service on the AAFP Board of Directors, Robert Wergin, M.D., reflects on lessons learned and what the future might hold for family medicine.[Read More]

Wednesday Aug 31, 2016

Help Patients Conquer Obesity With Education, Empathy -- Not Shame

Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. How physicians broach the subject with these patients may determine whether or not they can help.

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Wednesday Aug 24, 2016

Right Thing to Do: Making the Case for Drug Pricing Transparency

Vermont recently became the first state to require drug manufacturers to justify large price increases. Will any other states -- or the federal government -- follow?

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Wednesday Aug 17, 2016

AAFP Delivering on Maternity Care Training, Resources

In many rural communities, family physicians are the only maternity care providers. The AAFP provides training and support members need to play this vital role.[Read More]

Wednesday Aug 10, 2016

Men's Health Campaign Offers Opportunity to Tout Family Medicine

A report on men's health the AAFP released on Aug. 9 gave Academy leaders an opportunity to tell the media about the importance of having a family physician. Two AAFP officers conducted interviews with 39 media outlets in less than six hours.

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Tuesday Aug 02, 2016

FMX Offers Something for Every Family Physician

The AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) offers physicians the ability to earn an entire year's worth of CME, a jam-packed expo hall, and abundant social and networking opportunities.

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Wednesday Jul 27, 2016

Bringing a Small Town Approach to Urban Practice

Whether urban or rural, every patient needs a primary care physician and open lines of communication with that physician.

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Tuesday Jul 19, 2016

Leveling the Playing Field: AAFP Tackles Flu Vaccine Supply Issues

Family physicians often receive their flu vaccine weeks after retail clinics get theirs. The AAFP is talking with vaccine manufacturers and other stakeholders to resolve the disparity.

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