Because it's vital that value-based payment models are built to include independent physician practices, the AAFP is proud to be a founding member of the newly launched Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care. We're advancing physician-led payment models– like the AAFP's own Advanced Primary Care Alternative Payment Model– and taking on other work to increase Americans' access to care by nurturing a competitive health care market.
Family medicine needs strong allies, and the AAFP and the Health is Primary(www.healthisprimary.org) campaign are proud to honor two of our strongest champions in Congress(2 page PDF). Representatives Joe Courtney, D-Conn., and David Rouzer, R-N.C., co-founders of the Primary Care Caucus received the inaugural Congressional Primary Care Champion Awards on May 22, along with two staff members. Their work reminds Congress that America needs more investment that supports the great value of primary care.
High out-of-pocket costs have pushed too many patients into an ER-or-bust wellness plan. Congress has a possible remedy: the Primary Care Patient Protection Act, introduced this week. The AAFP strongly endorses the bill, which would require high-deductible plans to cover two primary-care office visits a year, clearing a major financial obstacle for low- and middle-income Americans.