Administrative simplification represents an industry-wide commitment to reducing health care costs by strengthening the electronic exchange of data, and by removing unnecessary burdens throughout the compliance, claims and billing processes. The AAFP supports these objectives and is continuously working to alleviate demands placed on family physicians through entangling paperwork and needless regulatory complexities.
The AAFP has advocated for expedited implementation of administrative simplification provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will enhance meaningful electronic communications between health plans, financial institutions and family physician practices.
We also have pushed for the elimination of aspects of the Medicare and Medicaid programs that are unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome for health care providers and beneficiaries. Specifically, we have supported the elimination of:
The administrative hurdles facing all physicians have grown dramatically in recent years. The AAFP is determined to help family physicians reduce these roadblocks by identifying and eliminating regulations and processes that add cost while undermining the efficient and effective delivery of quality care.
AAFP Letter to CMS on Evaluation and Management Guidelines - May 20, 2015(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to VA on Driving Distance Eligibility for Veterans Choice Program - May 20, 2015(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to CMS on Physicians' Due Process Rights Within Hospitals - May 4, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to ONC on Appropriate Use Criteria - March 19, 2015(1 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to FDA on Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information - March 18, 2015(2 page PDF)
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