Grassroots Advocacy for Family Medicine

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Repeal the SGR

Physicians now face a 24.7% cut in Medicare payments.

 

Speak Out Now

Your individual voice is strong -- and so is your influence.

The point isn’t to try to do everything; it’s to do something—one thing—that fits into your schedule. Use this resource to stay aware, engaged, and involved with family medicine issues. It doesn’t take much to become an advocate for family medicine—learn more about these hot topics, and then speak out on the issues that are important to you.

Medicare Physician Payment

Physicians are currently paid for services to Medicare patients using the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The current SGR extension will end on January 1, which means, unless Congress acts, physicians and other Medicare providers will experience a payment cut of 24.7%.

Tell Congress to stop this cut and to repeal the SGR >>

Graduate Medical Education (GME)

Family physicians receive most of their training in non-hospital settings. The current flow of GME funds for residency training is left to the discretion of teaching hospitals, which may or may not lead to funding for family medicine resident training.

Tell Congress to support GME funding for training in non-hospital settings >>

Primary Care Medicine Training Grants

Health Professions Primary Care Training Grants, funded by Title VII, Section 747, help departments of family medicine and their faculty respond to the nation’s evolving workforce needs. Residency programs, faculty development, and medical school education are a few examples of the many primary care training programs funded by competitive Title VII grants.

Tell Congress to allocate $71 million for training grants  >>


Obesity Treatment

The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (S 1184) proposes to increase vital access and reimbursement for obesity screening and counseling services.

The bill would reimburse physicians and eligible providers for chronic obesity management given to those who are obese or overweight and suffer from one or more related conditions.

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End-of-Life Coverage

The Personalize Your Care Act (HR 1173) proposes to provide coverage for voluntary consultations between physicians and patients to discuss advance care plans under Medicare and Medicaid.

The bill would allow an individual’s wishes for action if he or she becomes unable to make medical decisions.

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Improved Health Care at Lower Cost

The Improved Health Care at Lower Cost Act (HR 1487) removes several obstacles that prevent hospitals and physician practices from sharing savings produced by improving their patient care.

These obstacles are primarily focused on preventing fraud, but these restrictions also effectively reduce opportunities for innovative arrangements between hospitals and physicians in private insurance plans that could produce savings and better care.

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Relative Value Scale

Relative value for physician services is an essential component of the Medicare physician fee schedule.

The Accuracy in Medicare Physician Payment Act (HR 2545) would create an expert advisory panel for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that would oversee the evaluation of physician services and would review recommendations from external sources, like the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC).

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Become a key contact

Be someone the AAFP can call on to visit with your representative.

Share your knowledge and experiences to inspire change >>