The Academy, the ACP and the AAP delivered a pandemic frontline report to congressional staff this week on primary care priorities and payment issues. AAFP EVP Shawn Martin co-moderated "Primary Care in Crisis: How Congress Can Support Patients and Practices During and After COVID-19," on Wed., Oct. 7. Download background materials and watch the on-demand version of the briefing below.
The Academy, as part of the Group of Six, this week endorsed legislation that would bolster measures to prevent physician suicide. The Sept. 17 letter called the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (S. 4349) — which aims to improve the behavioral health and well-being of physicians, destigmatize treatment and identify resources for those seeking assistance — an important step in fighting burnout in the medical profession.
Ahead of a Sept. 23 Senate committee hearing on the COVID-19 response, the AAFP and 79 other national organizations urged health officials to put science before politics as public confidence in the vaccine trial process weakens. Government decisions must center on evidence and adhere to FDA standards, said the letter, which appeared as a Wall Street Journal advertisement.
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