May 25, 2022, 10:27 a.m. News Staff — More than 200 family physicians from across the country came together in Kansas City, Mo., April 28-30 to address issues important to the specialty at the first in-person meeting of the National Conference of Constituency Leaders since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chapter delegates representing the five NCCL constituencies — women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates, and LBGTQ+ physicians and physician allies — discussed and refined resolutions that were submitted to five reference committees with an eye to shaping the future of family medicine.
Resolutions and substitute resolutions that were adopted will be referred to AAFP commissions and the EVP by the Board of Directors.
Read on for highlights of delegates’ work. Members can review the full list of resolutions and substitute resolutions in the NCCL Reference Committee Reports.
Administrative simplification was the focus of two items taken up by the Practice Enhancement Reference Committee.
One substitute resolution asked the AAFP to advocate against prior authorizations and update its existing prior authorization policy “to include specific medications that lose efficacy or increase risk for patients if not given in a timely manner.” And a substitute resolution asked the Academy to lobby insurers to notify physicians when new plans are created, “so physicians have the opportunity to participate in those new plans without recredentialing.”
Other measures delegates adopted included asking the AAFP to
Delegates took up several issues from the Reference Committee on Organization & Finance, including a move to help patients understand the high level of health care that family physicians provide.
Supporters of that measure said much of the public is not aware of “the qualitative differences between family physicians and nonphysicians,” and noted that some nonphysician specialties publicly suggest that they can effectively replace physicians at a lower cost. Other FPs cautioned that such a measure should be crafted carefully to avoid harming the working relationships that family physicians have built with their nonphysician team members. Speakers also noted that the AAFP already works to highlight the comprehensive care that members provide.
Ultimately, delegates adopted a substitute resolution asking the Academy to develop public-facing advertising and PR campaigns “that highlight the comprehensive training of family physicians, as well as the complexity and high quality of the evidence-based care they provide.”
Delegates also voted to ask the AAFP to
Resolutions and substitute resolutions from the Reference Committee on Health of the Public & Science that delegates adopted included one asking the AAFP to develop a pediatric psychiatric toolkit of resources and best practices for family physicians. The measure also asked the Academy to financially support a training curriculum for family medicine residencies to increase education in child psychiatry as well as CME resources on child psychiatry for FPs already in practice.
Other action delegates took on measures from the reference committee included asking the AAFP to
Delegates adopted a resolution from the Reference Committee on Education that asked the Academy to help improve education for students, residents and physicians regarding the care of LGBTQ+ patients.
Delegates also adopted a resolution from the reference committee that asked the AAFP to create CME on the diagnosis and treatment of severe and treatment-resistant mental health disorders in family medicine clinics. Supporters of the resolution noted “the lack of existing education and the need to address this deficit.”
Other action delegates adopted including asking the AAFP to
Measures that delegates adopted from the Reference Committee on Advocacy included one urging the Academy to lobby for “permanent reimbursement for all forms of remote health care communications within an established patient-care relationship via any form of digital communication.”
Delegates also adopted other measures from the references committee, including resolutions or substitute resolutions that asked the AAFP to