Fees for Patient Education

The AAFP strongly supports and encourages adequate payment for patient education services that the family physician identifies as important to the health of the patient. At a minimum, these services include patient education for chronic conditions, lifestyle counseling, and instruction in complex regimens that the patient must learn.

The AAFP notes that the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of patient education have been well documented for some diseases such as diabetes and it calls for continuing research on the effectiveness and cost savings of patient education in the prevention of disease and in the management of illness. (1981) (2013 COD)