More time and less administrative burden. That's the balance struck in CMS’ 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule, which reflects a number of the Academy's advocacy priorities.
Two final rules designed to give "conscience protections" to employers with religious or moral objections to contraceptive coverage unconscionably interfere with the physician-patient relationship and unfairly strip Americans of care, the Academy and four other major physician organizations have told the administration.
The AAFP is calling on CMS to ensure swift and inclusive access to more alternative payment models by practices of all sizes. The Academy, responding to the agency's proposed Accountable Care Organizations -- Pathways to Success rule(www.cms.gov), also asked that no new alternative payment policy take effect before Jan. 1, 2020.