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End Surprise Medical Billing, AAFP Tells Lawmakers

Patient-physician Relationship Hurt by Harmful Practice, Academy Warns

10/17/2019 — Congress must end surprise medical billing -- a practice that harms patients and damages the physician-patient relationship -- the AAFP said in a recent letter to lawmakers.

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AAFP Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

Academy Offers Administration Guidance on Refining Possible Medicare Improvements

10/14/2019 — A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

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Primary Care Exception Needs Expansion, AAFP Tells CMS

Change Would Better Fit Modern Training and Reduce Bureaucracy

10/14/2019 — In an Oct. 9 letter to CMS, the Academy advocated for the expansion of codes under the primary care exception rule -- an update that would reduce administrative complexity without compromising patient care.

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AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

2019 OPPS Phase-in Should Continue and Expand, Academy Tells CMS

10/09/2019 — The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

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