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The Wrong Battles

Brian Klepper Posted 9/20/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care and Cost Blog This week the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) issued a new report describing its vision of primary care’s future. Not surprisingly, the report talks about medical homes, with patient-centered, team-based care. More surprisingly, though, … Continue reading

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The ACP’s Cognitive Dissonance

Brian Klepper Relative to their specialist colleagues, primary care physicians have been generally passive about the politics that shape their professional lives, and they have been big losers. It is important for them to consider whether their societies are genuinely … Continue reading

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Should Family Physicians Leave the RUC?

Brian Klepper Posted 3/30/12 on KevinMD Last June the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) sent a letter to the AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) demanding specific changes to the ways that the RUC conducts its business. Primary care … Continue reading

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Politics in Service of Public Health

Kenneth Lin First published 8/1/11 on Common Sense Family Doctor Below is the text of a proposed resolution that will be submitted by the District of Columbia Academy of Family Physicians to next month’s Congress of Delegates of the American Academy of … Continue reading

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The AAFP’s Bold Valuation Initiative

Brian Klepper This morning, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the largest and “purest” of the major primary care societies – the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) are … Continue reading

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Why Primary Care Needs A New Organization

Paul M. Fischer First published on 6/15/11 on MedPage Today A few weeks ago, the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) announced that, for now, it would continue participating in the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), the … Continue reading

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Facing Uncertainty: Why Primary Care Physicians Must Act Now

Brian Klepper Over the past four months, the germ of a long overdue primary care uprising has sprouted and begun to flower. When David Kibbe and I first tried to think through how to neutralize the RUC’s terrible influence on American health … Continue reading

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A Family Physician’s Manifesto

Paul M. Fischer As a third-year medical student in 1977, I joined the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  In those culturally tumultuous years, it was a way to declare my belief that America needed physicians who cared for the … Continue reading

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Replace the RUC!

BRIAN KLEPPER A few weeks ago, my writing partner David C. Kibbe and I ran an article on Kaiser Health News called “Quit the RUC!” that has caused some turmoil within the physician community, particularly in DC. First, it noted that … Continue reading

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AAFP Partners With Surescripts On A New, Secure Electronic Messaging Service For Physicians

BRIAN KLEPPER Here’s an extraordinary development in the ongoing efforts to break down the barriers of a lack of interoperability standards and incompatible technologies! The American Academy of Family Physicians has partnered with Surescripts, a firm that connects physicians with … Continue reading

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