Contents tagged with aafp

  • Three-part practice management CME webinar series

    Tags: CME Webinar Series, practice management, aafp

    Practical solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s family physicians

    Fourteen chapters of the AAFP have joined forces to develop a three-part webinar series to recognize that in the midst of chaos, family physicians have a unique opportunity to harness and forge their own financially successful practice management path.

    The primary goal of the series is to provide family physicians and their practice teams high-value education on critical practice management issues during this time of unparalleled crisis in American health care. By learning to be nimble and adapting to change, practices are capitalizing on innovation like never before — hear how a few family medicine practices are thriving.

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  • Interested in direct primary care? Ask your U.S. representative to sign on to the Primary Care Enhancement Act

    Tags: AAFP's Speak Out, Direct Primary Care Coalition, aafp, direct primary care, DPC

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Direct primary care practices are cropping up across the country as physicians grow more frustrated by administrative burdens inherent in a fee-for-service third-party insurance market. But some regulatory obstacles block many people from joining DPC practices. The Direct Primary Care Coalition — of which TAFP is a steering committee member — has called on physicians to ask their representatives in Washington D.C. to sign on to federal legislation that would remove those obstacles.

    In DPC practices, physicians charge patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee — like a retainer or membership fee — that covers a broad set of primary care services and patients typically enjoy greatly enhanced access to their physician. IRS rules interpret these DPC payments to be like paying premiums for health insurance rather than just a different way to purchase a set of services. Even though Texas and 17 other states have passed laws defining DPC arrangements to be outside of state insurance regulation, the IRS interpretation bars individuals with health savings accounts paired with high-deductible health plans from using their HSA funds to pay DPC fees.

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  • Voting is a vital sign

    Tags: Matthew Brown, aafp, #VotingIsAVitalSign, family doctor, vote

    By Matthew Brown, MD

    My name is Matthew Brown, and I am a family doctor who has worked with the underserved in the inner city of Rochester for the past 12 years. In my position, I have seen what happens when people do not have access to primary and preventive care. I have seen people admitted for diabetic complications because they couldn’t afford their insulin. I have seen people diagnosed with end-stage cancer because they couldn’t afford screenings to catch it when it could have been treated. I have seen strokes, and heart attacks, and kidney failure, and a hundred other things because people had to choose between medicine and food. Between doctor’s visits and having a roof over their heads. Between what they needed in the long-term and what they needed right that moment.

    Medical care shouldn’t be a political issue. I didn’t work so diligently in medical school and residency because I hoped one day I would get to lobby my congressman, or attend rallies, or research Supreme Court decisions. The reason I became a doctor was, quite simply, to help people who needed help. And I hope most of the people I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving would see that even if I failed, I was trying with all of my heart to do that.

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  • President's Letter

    Tags: Tricia Elliott, TAFP advocacy, Capitol First Aid Clinic, aafp, John Meigs

    A busy start to a busy year

    By Tricia Elliott, MD

    Greetings colleagues. Regardless of what you think about the first several weeks of 2017, you certainly can’t say they’ve been boring. With the inauguration of a new president and the installation of his administration, the uncertain future for the Affordable Care Act, and the start of the 85th Texas Legislature, we have a lot of big issues to keep up with.

    As it turns out, “repealing and replacing Obamacare” is much easier said than done and anyone who professes to know how the president and Congress will proceed most likely doesn’t. AAFP continues to be an influential resource to policy makers in Washington D.C. In letters to President Trump and to the leadership of the House and the Senate, AAFP has defined its priorities: health care for all, delivery system and payment reform, health care affordability, a national health care workforce strategy that promotes the value of primary care, and the promotion of prevention and wellness.

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  • Represent Texas at AAFP’s NCCL and ACLF conferences

    Tags: delegate, aafp, aclf, nccl, leadership, scholarship, ncsc, alf, special constituents

    Funded delegate spots and scholarships available for NCCL and ACLF

    Each year, AAFP holds the National Conference of Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leader Forum together in Kansas City, Missouri. NCCL representatives and ACLF attendees from across the nation gather to discuss various issues, suggest policies and programs to AAFP, and receive leadership training. This year’s conferences will be held May 5-7 and TAFP is looking for members to serve on the delegation or apply for scholarships to attend.

    TAFP opportunities for NCCL

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