2015: The Year in Review

2015 was a banner year for family physicians, their practices and their patients. Arguably, the year's top story was the enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), which repealed the long-reviled Medicare sustainable growth rate formula and set the nation squarely on a path toward value-based physician payment. The AAFP played an essential role in securing MACRA's passage and will continue to advise policymakers and regulators working to implement the law to ensure family physicians are treated fairly.

MACRA also funded the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program for two more years. In its five-year history, the program has boosted the number of primary care residents who train -- and, hopefully, stay to practice -- in underserved areas. And the law's support for the National Health Service Corps will help maintain scholarships for medical students who choose primary care and serve those living in areas of greatest need.

The AAFP provided members a wide range of resources during the year, from tools designed to help them transition to the ICD-10 diagnostic code set that debuted Oct. 1 to an online Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkit. The Academy also was front and center in the war on opioid abuse, joining with President Obama to combat this national health crisis. And in another high-profile campaign that took center stage this past year, the Health is Primary city tour sponsored by Family Medicine for America's Health showcased the specialty's value from coast to coast.

Take a look at the AAFP News stories below to learn more about those efforts and catch a glimpse of what's to come.

More Year in Review Stories

01/05/2016 — Family physicians and the AAFP were heavily involved in 2015's top medical stories, including a unified national effort to combat the opioid abuse epidemic.

01/05/2016 — Patients, payers, policymakers and purchasers heard stories showcasing primary care as Family Medicine for America's Health took its Health is Primary campaign cross-country.

01/04/2016 — Family physicians celebrated substantial success on Capitol Hill in 2015, achieving big gains in payment, access to care and reducing administrative burdens.

01/04/2016 — In 2015, the AAFP devoted much time and energy to ensuring that family physicians are paid appropriately for the work they do.