• Advocacy Focus: Protecting Physician Payment

    The Medicare and Medicaid programs represent the largest and most far-reaching U.S. health plans, with more than 100 million total enrollees.

    For half a century, these landmark initiatives have supported critical health care access for young and old alike, while providing an essential revenue base for health care providers. Today, both programs are evolving rapidly.

    The AAFP has actively supported these reform efforts as the role primary care can play in improving both the efficiency and quality of care gains widespread recognition. At the same time, the AAFP understands that primary care physicians must be adequately compensated for the services they provide through means that are responsible without imposing excessive administrative complexity.

    That’s why we will continue to advocate on behalf of family physicians to ensure that Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements appropriately reflect both the costs of clinical services and the new duties and responsibilities primary care physicians are taking on in the current reform-driven environment.

    Why We Fight

    Primary care physicians face increasing administrative complexity even as compensation has lagged, further challenging crucial growth in our specialty. That's why the Academy advocates constantly to ensure the best possible Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and to advance the payment models of the future.

    New Paradigm of Primary Care

    The AAFP and six other primary care organizations believe by fundamentally changing the way primary care is financed, family physicians will be able to offer care that achieves better health, seamless integration of care, health equity, and lower costs.

    Payment Advocacy By Topic

    Equip Yourself with Real Compensation Data 

    The family medicine career benchmark dashboard is a first-of-its-kind tool for the specialty. It provides comprehensive compensation and job satisfaction data for free to AAFP members. Use this dashboard to see how your income, benefits, career satisfaction, and more compare to that of peers in similar roles by state.