Family Medicine Ready to Work with New Administration

AAFP President Outlines Health Policies to Ensure Affordable, Accessible Health Care

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Leslie Champlin
Senior Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237, Ext. 5224

LEAWOOD, Kan. — The quality of care and patients’ access to that care must be a top priority for the Trump administration, according to a letter sent by the American Academy of Family Physicians to President-elect Trump.

Family medicine is the specialty Americans turn to first when seeking care for preventive services or diagnosis and treatment of health conditions. The AAFP represents 124,900 family physicians, residents and students nationwide. Their members provide more care for America’s underserved and rural communities than other specialties and conduct some 192 million office visits each year.

The letter outlines five health policies that will “enable the American people to thrive” as family physicians work with the new administration, wrote John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the AAFP.

“The transition in governance comes in the midst of an ongoing health system change that will determine whether patients have access to high quality, affordable health care in the future,” he wrote. The AAFP’s priorities comprise policies that:

  • Make affordable health care insurance available for all Americans, improve access to health care coverage for low-income Americans through safety-net programs, and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

  • Reduce administrative burden; implement delivery and payment reforms that emphasize the value of primary care; and implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act in a way that ensures family physicians can successfully participate in the Quality Payment Program.

  • Reduce patients’ financial burden in obtaining primary and preventive care, as well as needed prescription medicines.
  • Establish a national medical workforce strategy that reforms graduate medical education in a way that trains physicians in the most appropriate care settings, creates more accountability for teaching institutions, and expands the GME Teaching Health Center Program to more communities.

  • Promote health equity by identifying public health, economic, and other factors that affect American’s health status, and by collaborating with the public health community to promote prevention and wellness programs.

Meigs congratulated President-Elect Trump and said family physicians looked forward to working with the new administration. By working together, family physicians and the new Trump administration can implement policies that “will ensure continued progress toward health care for all, supported by a payment system that rewards value over volume of services, that promotes prevention and wellness, that protects patients from financial barriers to needed services, and that builds a primary care physician workforce that can meet the growing demand for care,” he wrote.

Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits -- that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

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