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AAFP Letter to the 117th Congress Outlining AAFP Priorities - January 8, 2021

AAFP's President, Dr. Ada Stewart, welcomes the 117th Congress and introduces priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/LT-Congress-117CongressAAFPPriorities-010821.pdf

AAFP Recommendations to President Biden on Building A Robust Primary Care Workforce - ...

The AAFP sent a letter to the Biden administration detailing recommendations to strengthen the primary care workforce by recruiting and retaining new family medicine physicians.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-WhiteHouse-AAFPRecommendationsPrimaryCareWorkforce-012921.pdf

AAFP Letter Opposing the 2015 Proposed Part C and D Rule

AAFP letter to CMS opposing provisions of 2015 proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-PartCD-022614.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congress on the American Rescue Plan - February 10, 2021

Letter to Senate Finance and HELP Committees and House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees reacting to the American Rescue Plan and outlining the AAFP’s priorities for COVID relief legislation.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-Congress-AmericanRescuePlan-021021.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Final Comments on the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...proposed four major changes to the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service program that would have an immediate and measurable impact on family medicine. Those items are: 1. simplify payment by adopting a single payment rate for evaluation and management (E/M) codes for new patients...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019ProposedMPFS-090618.pdf

Health Care for All: Moving to a Primary Care-based Health System in the United States

...Background The U.S. health care system is facing a growing number of coverage, quality, and cost challenges. For the first time since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the numbers of uninsured in the United States are growing. In the fourth...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/AAFP-Heath-Care-Reform-Primer.pdf

AAFP Response to the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 18, 2019

...all beneficiaries-and in improving access to high-quality, comprehensive, and coordinated care, especially your efforts to support family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these shared goals through...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-2020ProposedMPFSComments-091819.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2018 Proposed Quality Payment Program Regulation

...Program proposed rule, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the June 30, 2017, Federal Register. Family medicine plays a critical role in delivering care to patients in communities across the country. Family physicians are the most visited...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018ProposedQPP-081817.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Flavored Tobacco Products Proposed Rule - July 19, 2018

...Journal of Preventive Medicine, published online January 9, 2017. 2 products with kids. The presence of flavors in these other tobacco products is an important reason why, despite the steep decline in youth cigarette smoking, youth usage of tobacco products...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-FlavoredTobaccoProducts-071918.pdf

Amicus Brief - Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University fo ...

...Regional Projections of Supply and Demand for Internal Medicine Subspecialty Practitioners: 2013-2025 (Dec. 2016), https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/ bhw/health-workforce-analysis/ research/ projections/internal- medicine-subspecialty-report.pdf ..................... 18...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-AAMC-DACA.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on a Potential Illicit Trade - July 16, 2018

...after Implementation of an FDA Product Standard. The document addresses the potential for development of an illicit market as a result of a number of different potential product standards, including but not limited to, those that would (1) impose a maximum level of nicotine in...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-IllicitTrade-071618.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule with Comment Period -...

...final rule with comment period, and looks forward to being a resource and partner to CMS in achieving the goals of MACRA. About Family Medicine Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. These residency-trained, primary care specialists provide a wide variety of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018FinalQPP-121917.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on the 2018 Inpatient Proposed Rule

...that meets their needs. It should be noted that this will occur at a point when upgrading to 2015 Edition CEHRT could minimize the number of significant disruptions to patient care. As some members have begun the process of switching EHR systems, reports of information blocking...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-IPPSProposedRule-060817.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on its Healthy Communities Hearing - ...

...accessed in a variety of settings. Primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics) is provided and managed by a personal physician, based on a strong physician- patient relationship, and requires communication and coordination with other health...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-SenateHELP-HealthyCommunitiesHearing-111517.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Premium Cigars - July 25, 2018

...Medicine 178(4):469-476, 2018 (finding exclusive cigar smokers had higher all-cause mortality risks than never tobacco users and had an elevated risk of dying from a tobacco-related cancer (including bladder, esophagus, Larynx, lung, oral cavity and pancreas). 5 (some of...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PremiumCigars-072518.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Access and Underserved ...

...variety of settings. Primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics) is provided and managed by a personal physician, based on a strong physician-patient relationship, and requires communication and coordination with other health professionals...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/ST-SFRHELP-AccessUnderservedHearing-012919.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FCC on Telehealth in Rural America - January 31, 2018

...based on differing definitions of "rural," studies based on the demand to hire physicians by hospitals/physician groups, or based on the number of individuals per physician in a rural area, continue to indicate a need for additional physicians in rural areas. A balanced and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-FCC-RuralTelehealth-013118.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education Legislation in the ...

...mix of trained physicians. However, research has shown the need for a greater investment in primary care physicians. A 2019 JAMA Internal Medicine study found that every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population was associated with a 51.5-day increase in life...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME116thCongress.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the 2021 and 2022 Part C and Part D Proposed Rule - April 6, 2020

...medical home model as a way to deliver higher quality, lower costs, and a stronger patient-physician relationship. A study in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that the supply of primary care physicians is associated with lower mortality rates. This suggests that the supply of primary...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2021PartCD-040620.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Policy for Certain Deemed Products - April 30, 2019

...The Draft Guidance correctly acknowledges the breadth of the current epidemic of e-cigarette use among American teens and attempts to take a number of positive steps to address the crisis. However, the Draft Guidance continues the suspension of statutorily-required premarket public...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-PublicHealthGroupsFDADraftGuidance-043019.pdf

AAFP Statement to the EandC Committee’s Hearing on Investing in America’s Health Care -...

...system. It is not limited to a single disease or condition and can be accessed in a variety of settings. Primary care (family medicine, general internal medicine and general pediatrics) is provided and managed by a personal physician, based on a strong physician- patient...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-EC-InvestingAmericanHealthCare-060419.pdf

AAFP Letter to the Senate HELP Committee for its Pandemic Planning RFI - July 8, 2020

...a primary care-centered strategy would benefit preparedness efforts. Statistics from the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care show that, in 2018, a little less than 22 million people - about 7% of the population - received care in a hospital,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-SenateHELP-PandemicPreparedness-070820.pdf

APC-APM for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Proposal to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee regarding the Advanced Primary Care: A Foundational Alternative Payment Model (APC-APM) for Delivering Patient-Centered, Longitudinal, and Coordinated Care

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/PR-PTAC-APC-APM-41417.pdf

AAFP Response to the Direct Contracting Geographic PBP Request for Information - May ...

...as part of final settlement with the DCE. DCEs would be given access to a notional account to track these expenditures. The AAFP offers a number of recommendations in response to CMS’ questions on how the agency can refine and implement a DC Geographic PBP model. Only questions for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMMI-DirectContracting-052019.pdf

AAFP Response to HHS on the Draft Benefit and Payment Perimeters for 2020 - February ...

...provided and the fact that the number and complexity of conditions, complaints, and diseases seen in family medicine is far greater than those seen by any other physician specialty. Ensuring access to affordable medications is an integral part of a family physician’s role as an...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HHS-NoticeBenefitPaymentParameters2020-021919.pdf

AAFP Response to the CLIA Proficiency Testing Proposed Rule - April 2, 2019

...on waived platforms increases. These waived tests require very little oversight and quality assurance, while impacting the care of large numbers of patients. From a PT provider perspective, it is not the accredited laboratory impacting high quality patient care, but CLIA- waived...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-CDC-Labs-040219.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of 6 on Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - June 11, 2018

...memberships of the above organizations, we have adopted the following principles to address the opioid crisis impacting a significant number of individuals, families, and communities across the country. The crisis has left few untouched, with an average of 115 Americans dying every...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/ST-Group6-AddressingOpioidEpidemic-061118.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of 6 Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship - ...

...Medicine. Our organizations, which represent more than 400,000 physicians and medical students, call on policymakers to join us in preserving the patient-physician relationship by ensuring that the practice of medicine is not unduly impeded by government interference. A growing...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/ST-Group6-LegislativeInterference-052318.pdf

Joint Principles: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic - June 11, 2018

...memberships of the above organizations, we have adopted the following principles to address the opioid crisis impacting a significant number of individuals, families, and communities across the country. The crisis has left few untouched, with an average of 115 Americans dying every...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/ST-AddressingOpioidEpidemic-061118.pdf

AAFP Letter with Comments to HHS on the Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

...2018-2022 as published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the September 27, 2017, Federal Register. About Family Medicine Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. These residency-trained, primary care specialists provide a wide variety...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-Draft2018-2022Framework-101917.pdf

AAFP Letter to the 116th Congress: House Representatives Introducing the AAFP - January...

...legacy fee-for-service system. Furthermore, family physicians believe that the regulatory and administrative oversight of the practice of medicine has devolved from a well-intentioned focus on quality and performance improvement to a practice-level paperwork morass that drives...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/misc/LT-House-116Congress-AAFPIntro-012319.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FDA on the Nicotine Product Standard - May 21, 2018

...States, New England Journal of Medicine, published online March 15, 2018. See also, Tobacco Product Standard for Nicotine Level of Combusted Cigarettes, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 83 Fed. Reg. 11818, 11820 (March 16, 2018) (ANPRM). 8 ANPRM, at 11820. 3...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineProductStandard-052118.pdf

Amicus Brief: Texas v United States - April 1, 2019

In defense of significant coverage gains and key patient protection provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other leading physician organizations today filed an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. United States.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-TexasVUS-040119.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary: 2020 Year End Funding Bill and COVID-19 Emergency Funding Key ...

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed legislation into law which funds the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2021 and provides about $900 billion in COVID-19 emergency funding. The bipartisan agreement is the fourth legislative package passed in response to the COVID-19 ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/ES-2020YearEndBillHighlights-122220.pdf

AAFP Letter on the Senates HELP Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Draft Bill - June ...

...the patients’ deductible. The AAFP supports this policy. We urge the inclusion of policies to reduce hospital admissions by increasing the number of primary care visits for patients with high deductible health plan (HDHPs), defined as any plan with a deductible of at least $1,350...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Senate-HELPLowerHCCostsAct060519.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Proposed Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Rule - July 15, 2015

AAFP response to CMS on the Medicaid Managed Care and Children’s Health Insurance Program Programs proposed rule

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/chip/LT-CMS-MedicaidCHIP-071515.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on the GME Cap - January 16, 2019

...(institution) has five years to establish its Medicare GME funding cap on the number of residency positions, thereby establishing a permanent ceiling for Medicare GME funding. The cap is set at the number of residents at the institution five years after the first resident begins to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-CMS-GMECap-011619.pdf

Joint Statement from the Group of 6 Supporting the Vaccines Act - May 22, 2019

...are safe, effective, and save lives. Yet, measles outbreaks continue to spread across the country, with 880 cases in 24 states, the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since the measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Parents want to do what is best for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/ST-G6-VaccinesAct-052219.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of 6 on rX Pricing - February 6, 2019

...according to a published report on the new study a surprisingly large number of people with diabetes are using less insulin than prescribed because of the rising cost of the drug, putting themselves in danger of serious complications. Those are the findings of a small new...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/ST-Group6-RXPricing-020619.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the 2018 MIPS Reporting Period - April 16, 2018

...volume threshold and believe it will assist small practices and physicians who treat a small number of Medicare patients, it may create changes in physicians’ eligibility status. In addition, the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 modified MACRA to exclude...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2018MIPSReportingPeriod-041618.pdf

AAP Letter to the House EandC Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee ...

...the scientific discoveries that are making a difference for millions of individuals, families, and communities. From vaccines to precision medicine, new discoveries have the potential to change lives. Nothing highlights the impact of innovation on patient’s health and lives better...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-HouseECOversight-InsulinPrices040919.pdf

AAFP Initial Summary of the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - July 30, 2019

...office/outpatient E/M visits beginning in 2021. Thus, CMS proposes to: • Retain 5 levels of coding for established patients; • Reduce the number of levels to 4 for office/outpatient E/M visits for new patients; • Revise the times and medical decision-making process for all...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2020MPFS-073019.pdf

AAFP response to the VA proposed rule on the Veterans Community Care Program - March ...

...challenges. Many veterans receive care from family physicians and other primary care physicians outside the VA system because of the limited number of VA health care professionals in their areas. Like the VA system, the private-sector primary care system that these veterans turn to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-VA-ProposedRuleVCCP-032219.pdf

AAFP Letter to President-elect Biden - November 20, 2020

AAFP letter to President-elect Biden outlining priorities important to the future of family medicine.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-PresidentElectBiden-AAFPPriorities-112020.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...in the drug pricing debate, in part because of the complexity of care provided and the fact that the number and complexity of conditions, complaints, and diseases seen in family medicine is far greater than those seen by any other physician specialty. Ensuring access to affordable...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-CDOutPocketCost-012519.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on Proposed Rule to Automate Prior Authorizations - December 23, 2020

The AAFP is in favor of requirements for payers to automate and respond to prior authorization requests in a timely manner, so we are concerned that this proposal will not have a meaningful impact on reducing administrative burden, since it does not include Medicare Advantage plans or ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-PriorAuthProposedRule-122320.pdf

AAFP Letter to the CDC on Tobacco - February 6, 2019

...populations, prevent long-term addiction to tobacco products, curb spending due to tobacco-related illnesses and reduce the overall number of long- term tobacco users. Approximately 40,000 deaths annually due to lung cancer and heart disease can be attributed to secondhand smoke....

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-CDC-Tobacco-020619.pdf

Joint Letter Opposing Efforts to Repeal the Individual Mandate - November 14, 2017

...that would stabilize the insurance market, has the potential, to raise health insurance premiums by a projected 20 percent and increase the number of uninsured Americans. ### About the American Academy of Family Physicians Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 129,000...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ST-IndividualMandateRepeal-SenateTaxReform-111417.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on E/M Policies in the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...patients down to two each, the undersigned organizations believe there are a number of unanswered questions and potential unintended consequences that would result from the coding policies in the proposed rule. We oppose the implementation of this proposal because it could hurt...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EMSignOn-082718.pdf

AAFP Initial Summary of the 2020 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - November 1, 2019

...be $36.0896. Based on CMS’ final rule, there would be no change in total Medicare allowed charges for family medicine in 2020, but total allowed charges for family medicine would increase 12% in 2021. Evaluation and Management In 2019 rulemaking, CMS finalized changes to simplify...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/ES-2020FinalMPFS-110219.pdf

AAFP Comments to DHS on Proposal to Eliminate the H-1B Visa Lottery - December 1, 2020

...Department proposes to grant petitions based on wage level, awarding them first to those with the highest wages. Due to existing caps on the number of H-1B physicians that are accepted, this means that petitioners with lower wage levels will never be selected and it is unlikely that...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-H1BLotteryProposedRule-120120.pdf

AAFP Response to the HHS Draft Report on Pain Management - April 1, 2019

...While our currently fragmented health care system is not well-prepared to address these interrelated issues, the specialty of family medicine is suited for this task. The AAFP is actively engaged in the national discussion on pain management and opioid misuse. Committed to ensuring...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-HHS-PainManagement-040119.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FDA on Establishing a Nicotine Standard - June 20, 2018

...Every day, family physicians see the devastating impact that smoking has on our patients. We welcome the FDA’s commitment to reducing the number of Americans who smoke, thereby improving their health. Although most tobacco-related diseases are not caused by nicotine, the addictive...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineStandards-062018.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FDA on Nicotine Flavors - June 20, 2018

...addiction to tobacco products, curb spending due to tobacco-related illnesses, and reduce the overall number of long-term tobacco users. Regulating flavors could also decrease the number of individuals living with chronic illness due to tobacco use and ultimately reduce the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineProductFlavors-062018.pdf

Prepared Comments from AAFP President for the CMS Administrator Roundtable on ...

...• Finally, the most alarming statistic may be from a 2016 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine which found that during a typical day, primary care physicians spend 27 percent of their time on clinical activities and 49 percent on administrative activities. The authors...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TP-CMSAdminRoundTable-AdminReform-102317.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Supporting the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of...

...need to protect a growing number of Medicare beneficiaries, more than 100 members of Congress called for such reforms in a letter last year to the CMS. Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 September 9, 2019 Page 2 of 10 For our seniors - and as...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-Congress-HR3107SignOn-090919.pdf

Joint Principles from the Group of Six on Maternal Mortality - September 16, 2019

...Mental health conditions, including suicide and overdose, are the leading cause of maternal mortality in the postpartum period in a growing number of states.vi,vii Maternal depression, affecting 15-20 percent of new mothers, can also affect infant health.viii As organizations...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/ST-G6-MaternalMortality-091619.pdf

Letter to Congress Regarding Medicaid Payment Increase

The AAFP signed a joint letter expressing strong support for extending the Medicaid primary care payment increase.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/parity/LT-Congress-Medicaid-Payment-Increase-Extenders-120513.pdf

AAFP Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 28, 2020

...family medicine and primary care. We look forward to working with CMS on designing and implementing policies that support these shared goals through both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP). Our members are on the frontlines of medicine,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-Response2021MPFSProposedRule-092820.pdf

Joint Letter on PMTA Proposed Rule - December 16, 2019

...an understanding. The most significant shortcoming of the proposed rule stems from FDA’s failure to take account of the fact that a large number of the products that will be the subject of early PMTAs have actually been on the market for years and that considerable evidence...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-CoalitionCommentsPMTAProposedRule-121619.pdf

AAFP Comments to CMS on MSSP/ACO Proposed Rule - October 15, 2018

...is related to at least two factors-being physician-led and having a strong primary care foundation. A September 2018 New England Journal of Medicine article found that physician-led ACOs generated savings that increased over a three-year study period compared to hospital-led ACOs.2...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-ACO-MSSP-101518.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS Requesting Information on Drug Prices - July 16, 2018

...in the drug pricing debate, in part because of the complexity of care provided and the fact that the number and complexity of conditions, complaints, and diseases seen in family medicine is far greater than those seen by any other physician specialty. Ensuring access to medications...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-HHS-DrugPrices-071618.pdf

AAFP Letter to ONC on Information Blocking - June 3, 2019

...Michael L. Munger, MD, FAAFP Board Chair About Family Medicine Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year-more than any other specialty. Family physicians provide comprehensive, evidence-based, and...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-ONC-InfoBlocking060319.pdf

Joint Letter to the White House Requesting Final FDA Deeming Regulations - April 28, 2015

Joint letter to President Obama requesting the final FDA deeming regulation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Obama-FDADeeming-042815.pdf

AAFP Comment Letter on 2019 Final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - December 28, 2018

...actuarially based upon the framework of FFS payment. Thus, if current FFS payments are not improved, the current undervaluation of family medicine and primary care payment will result in a similar undervaluation of primary care in evolving primary care APMs. In the long run,...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/LT-CMS-2019FinalMPFS-122818.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Graduate Medical Education

...AAFP Position To increase the number of family medicine graduates in the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is committed to removing significant barriers stifling the growth in family medicine specialty choice among U.S. medical graduates. AAFP policy...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-GME.pdf

AAFP Letter to ACIP Outlining Concerns and Principles for a Future COVID-19 Vaccine - ...

...National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases 1600 Clifton Road NE MS-H24-8 Atlanta, GA 30329 Re: October Meeting, Docket Number CDC-2020-0100 Dear Members of the Advisory Committee, On behalf of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which represents more...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-ACIP-COVID19Vaccine-103020.pdf

Joint Letter to the FDA on Compounded Drug Products - August 13, 2019

...on physician practices, threatening patient access to necessary and timely treatments. As you may know, a significant number of physicians across a number of different specialties prepare sterile products in office settings for administration to their patients. In many cases,...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-FDA-CompoundedDrugProducts-081319.pdf

AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

...SOCIETY FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND MEDICINE, AND SOCIETY FOR MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS-APPELLEES’ EMERGENCY MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION EN BANC 1. Pursuant to Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the American College of...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

AAFP Letter Responding to House Ways and Means Committee Rural and Underserved ...

...Higher premiums threaten the viability of some rural hospitals and make it difficult for rural areas to recruit or retain an adequate number and mix of physicians. Through the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), the federal government offers a way for certain rural health centers to...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseWM-TaskforceRFIResponse-112619.pdf

AAFP Fact Sheet on the Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program

...Increases the number of physicians who serve underserved populations 2 3 Reauthorize the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program THCGME residents train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics,...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/FS-THCGME.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Opioid Action Plan - October 10, 2019

...public health emergency that negatively impacts population health, community well-being, economic readiness, and social welfare. The rising number of opioid overdose deaths is both a symptom of our nation’s health care challenges and a separate problem that requires urgent action....

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/risk/LT-CMS-OpioidRFI-101019.pdf

AAFP Statement to House Small Business Committee on Student Debt and Practice - June ...

...medical student debt on small medical practices and the choice of family medicine as a specialty. Family physicians conduct approximately one in five of the total medical office visits in the United States per year-more than any other specialty. They deliver care in...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/TS-HouseSmBusinessComm-StudentDebtPractice-061219.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate Appropriations on FY 2021 - May 20, 2020

...practices. The AAFP recommends that HHS prioritize financial support to primary care physicians - defined as family medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine and geriatrics - by distributing provider relief funds using the foundation of the previously used model as follows:...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/TS-SenateAppropriations-FY2021-052020.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Teaching Health Centers

...Background The THCGME program, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), provides funding to increase the number of primary care medical and dental residents training in community-based settings across the country. Since most health care in the U.S....

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-TeachingHealthCenters.pdf

AAFP Letter Proposing Establishing a Standard Primary Care Benefit - April 26, 2017

...practicing under one or more of the following Physician Specialty Codes: 01 General Practice; 08 Family Medicine; 11 Internal Medicine; 37 Pediatric Medicine; and 38 Geriatric Medicine. o Patients would designate their primary care physician and that physician would be the site...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/ES-StandardPrimaryCareBenefit-042617.pdf

AAFP’s Response to COVID-19 Policy Changes - May 31, 2020

...billed under the physician’s provider number as incident to services. For instance, could a physician delegate a virtual check-in to a nurse care manager within the practice and report the service as G2012 under the physician’s provider number if all the necessary incident to...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicaid/LT-CMS-IFC1andIFC2-053120.pdf

AAFP Response to CMS Maternal Health RFI - May 31, 2020

...in small hospitals. Twenty eight percent of rural family physicians continue to provide obstetrical services.iii Understanding family medicine’s potential role to improve pregnancy related health outcomes, the AAFP established a maternal health taskforce in 2018. The group...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-CMS-RuralMaternalHealth-053120.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Physician Assistants

...determination of scope of practice, adaptability of supervision requirements, determination of co-signature requirements, and maximum number of PAs a physician can supervise at one time. All states have passed legislation regarding the use of the term licensure to describe the...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/BKG-Scope-PhysicianAssistants.pdf

AAFP Executive Summary of Alternative Payment Models - March 14, 2017

...view of the patient, who is much more than a set of organ systems and disease conditions. The goal of primary care is to ensure that medicine does not lose sight of the whole patient and the patient’s context, which affects a wide range of health outcomes. There is an emerging...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/ES-AdvancedPrimaryCare-121316.pdf

AAFP Letter to HRSA on Rural Health Care Access - October 9, 2019

...the number of residency positions and support for residency programs; and • Create policy, collaboration and resources to help family physicians improve rural health disparities. The underlying reasons for rural health care crisis are multifactorial but include lower payments...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-HRSA-RuralHealthCare-100919.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on E/M Documentation Requirements - April 23, 2018

...history and physical exam, or should these requirements be reduced (if reduced, how)? In general, the guidelines are a burden on family medicine that lacks an offsetting benefit to clinical care. The AAFP calls on CMS to address redundancies in documentation requirements to...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-EMSuggestions-042318.pdf

AAFP Statement on Regulatory and Adminstraive Reforms - January 30, 2017

...Primary care - and particularly family medicine - is foundational to continued progress in reforming our nation’s health care system. Family medicine and primary care are delivered by dedicated individual family physicians and their health care teams in urban and rural communities....

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/ST-Reg-Admin-Reform-013117.pdf

AAFP Response to Ways and Means Committee RFI on Misuse of Race in Clinical Care - ...

...The AAFP opposed racism and discrimination in all forms and has recently issued a policy outlining race-based medicine, that states, Race is a social construct that is used to group people based on physical characteristics, behavioral patterns, and geographic location. Racial...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/LT-WaysMeans-RFIMisuseRaceClinicalCare-101620.pdf

Joint Letter Supporting the Helping MOMS Act (HR 4996) for the COVID-19 Package- July ...

...43-365 days postpartum.iv As these statistics do not include deaths attributable to suicide or drug overdose, both of which occur in greater numbers in the later postpartum period, this is likely an underestimate. Closing the postpartum coverage gap will ensure that the 43 percent...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-Congress-HelpingMOMSAct-072320.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Potential Phase 4 Coronavrius Relief Bill -...

...requirements. CMS should also expand the cap at institutions where residents must extend their training to support an increased number of residents as new trainees begin while existing trainees remain to complete their programs. Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-FinalCOVID4-041520.pdf

AAFP Letter in Response to OIG on Anti-Kickback Issues - December 27, 2019

...welfare and, more broadly, on protecting public health. Below are comments on portions of the proposed rule most applicable to family medicine. Deputy Administrator Alexander December 27, 2019 Page 2 of 4 C. Care Coordination Arrangements to Improve Quality, Health...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-OIG-SafeHarborsAntiKickback-122719.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress on Zika Readiness Funding - April 5, 2016

The AAFP joins 67 organizations in a letter urging emergency Zika virus readiness funding.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-CON-Zika-040516.pdf

AAFP Letter to ABMS Vision Committee on Continuing Board Certification - January 14, 2019

...c. As new advances in medicine and patient care emerge in clinical practice, the ABMS Boards should be encouraged to consider what core knowledge, judgment and skills are needed to be a diplomate in their core specialty or subspecialty and create assessments that are preferentially...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-ABMSVisionComm-ContBoardCert-011419.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - April 12, 2019

...this country. An abundance of research has clearly shown that foundational family medicine and primary care is essential to improving the health of our nation. For example, a recent JAMA Internal Medicine study published February 18, 2019 found that every 10 additional primary care...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/TS-SenateAppLaborHHS-FY2020Priorities-041219.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Medicaid Access to Covered Medicaid Services - May 16, 2018

...low, especially for primary care, and the Medicaid bureaucracy impedes timely, adequate payment. In anticipation of an increase in the number of individuals enrolled under Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Care Act introduced a two-year Medicaid fee increase to boost Medicaid...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-MethodsAssuringAccessCoveredMedicaidServices-051618.pdf

AAFP Testimony to House Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - March 28, 2019

...that foundational family medicine and primary care is essential to improving the health of our nation. For example, a recent JAMA Internal Medicine study published February 18, 2019 found that every 10 additional primary care physicians per 100,000 population was associated...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicare/TS-HouseAppLabor-FY2020Priorities-032819.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS and ONC with Administrative Simplification Requests - February 7, 2018

...allocation of physician time in ambulatory practice across four medical specialties in four states found, physicians from family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, and orthopedics spent nearly 2 hours in the EHR and on other desk work for every 1 hour of direct patient care....

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-CMS-ONC-AdminSimplification-020718.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Education and Training - Family Physicians vs Nurse Practitioners

...and the clerkships grants students the Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree, which entitles them to start full clinical training in a residency program. Most family medicine residency programs, which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/FPvsNP.pdf

AAFP letter on the Reauthorizing and Extending America’s Community Health (REACH) Act ...

...framework as proposed in the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019 (HR 2915), which would allow expansion in the number of residents trained from 728 to 900. The benefits of primary care access are well-understood. For example, states with higher ratios...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-E&C-PrimaryCareExtensionsREACH-071719.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress Opposing FDA Cigar Exemption - February 25, 2015

Joint letter to the U.S. House of Representatives expressing strong opposition to H.R. 662, legislation that would exempt many cigars from regulation under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA). The letter calls for the FDA to retain oversight authority over all ...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-Con-Cigars-022515.pdf

AAFP Comments on IRS Proposed Rule on Direct Primary Care Arrangements - August 10, 2020

...access to primary care for all Americans. DPC and other direct care models are increasing in popularity among our members and a growing number of family physicians are expressing an interest in the DPC model. However, there are identified barriers that may prevent some patients from...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-IRS-ProposedDPCRule-081020.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS on the Part C and D Proposed Rule - January 25, 2019

...as either non-preferred or specialty, and only a small number of beneficiaries - less than one percent - filled scripts for specialty drugs in the protected classes. Additionally, the vast majority of prescriptions filled for protected class medications are for low-cost...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-CMS-ProtectedClassesSignOnLetter-012519.pdf

Joint Letter to Vice President Expressing Concern on Recent COVID-19 Testing Guidance ...

...to testing shortages is not to limit the number of people who are tested but to expand the availability of tests. The foundation of public confidence in the national response to COVID-19 must include the protection of the CDC’s widely recognized and respected independence...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-WhiteHouse-COVID19TestingGuidelinesConcerns-090320.pdf

Group of Six Tobacco Principles

...the Institute of Medicine (IOM), shows that increasing the purchase age of tobacco products to 21 would significantly reduce adult daily tobacco use and would lead to thousands of fewer deaths from tobacco-related disease. Raising the purchase age would reduce the number of young...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/ST-G6-TobaccoPrinciples-101819.pdf

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