Proposed Rules Implementing MACRA Lay a Strong Foundation for Primary Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Statement attributable to:
Wanda Filer, MD, MB
President, American Academy of Family Physicians

“Reforming the way physicians are paid by Medicare is fundamental to improving the quality and outcomes of patient care, while increasing the efficiency of care delivery in the system as a whole. Today’s regulations, released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, are a step toward achieving these reforms.

“The AAFP believes that MACRA is, by Congressional intent and design, a law aimed at transforming our health care delivery system into one that is based on a strong foundation of primary care.

“Today’s proposed regulations move toward meeting Congressional intent, which is to place greater priority on primary care that is comprehensive, continuous, coordinated, connected and a patient’s first contact with the health care system. The law’s emphasis on these priorities — and the significant attention paid to the patient-centered medical home in particular — is a direct expression of the Congressional desire to see our health care delivery system more aggressively promote, reward and emphasize primary care. It is important that CMS, through this regulation, get this right if we are to achieve the transformation of health care delivery that we all desire. We look forward to working with CMS to ensure that this regulation makes significant progress toward meeting that goal.”

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Filer, contact Leslie Champlin, (800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224, or lchampli@aafp.org.

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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP's positions(5 page PDF) on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit
www.aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, www.FamilyDoctor.org(www.familydoctor.org).