The AAFP and its fellow frontline physicians(www.groupof6.org) are calling on the Trump Administration to rescind a new public-charge regulation(www.federalregister.gov) that upends decades of settled policy and creates an unacceptable barrier between health care providers and patients. The rule would potentially deter patients from seeking care to which they are lawfully entitled, adding significant new burdens to the U.S. health system while limiting individual access to it.
Regarding gun violence, “there is no reason not to act now,” AAFP President John Cullen, M.D., writes in a Leader Voices Blog post pointing to nonpartisan solutions. The message reinforces an urgent new article from the Academy and seven other organizations, “Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation’s Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations,”(annals.org) published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Now that CMS has issued its proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule(www.federalregister.gov), the Academy is preparing detailed formal comments ahead of the agency’s Sept. 27 deadline. The Academy has published a fact sheet for members outlining elements of the proposed rule that are of obvious note.