2011: The Year in Review

Implementation of various components in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 continued in 2011, and the AAFP kept close tabs on how regulators proposed to interpret the law's provisions. The Academy clearly spelled out its positions on a wide range of issues legislators and health policymakers grappled with last year, not least of which were the sustainable growth rate formula used to determine Medicare physician payments and appropriate payment for family physicians and other primary care physicians. But other topics also commanded AAFP members' attention, including achieving meaningful use of electronic health records, working to improve the quality of patient care while holding the line on costs, and further defining the role of family physicians in an ever-evolving health care environment.