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AAFP Praises Legislation to Restore Medicaid Payment Parity

The AAFP and three other physician organizations voiced strong support for a Senate bill that would restore Medicaid payment parity with Medicare rates.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200701medicaidparity.html

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AAFP Publishes Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Manual

The Academy has published a new practice manual on the treatment of opioid use disorder that brings together many of the Academy’s resources on the topic in one convenient tool.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210209oudmanual.html

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 Recommends Universal Screening for HIV Infection Beginning at 18 Years of Age - ...

Apr 15, 2014 - The AAFP recommends delaying the start of routine HIV screening until 18 years of age, and screening all patients 18 to 65 years of age. The AAFP notes that screening younger patients may still be beneficial based on high-risk behaviors.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0415/p614.html

AAFP Recruiting for Alcohol SBI Office Champions Project

The AAFP seeks to recruit as many as 25 family medicine practices to participate in its new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Office Champions Project. The deadline to apply for the project is Aug. 31.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190806alcoholsbiproject.html

AAFP Recruiting for Ask and Act Office Champions Project

The AAFP is recruiting 20 family medicine practices to participate in its yearlong Reimagining Ask and Act Office Champions Project. Practices have until May 31 to apply.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190508reimagineask-act.html

AAFP Releases Guidelines on Trial of Labor After Cesarean Delivery - Practice ...

Nov 15, 2005 - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC).

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/1115/p2126.html

AAFP Remains Committed to Building on ACA

AAFP Remains Committed to Building on ACA

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/affordable-care-act.html

AAFP Reprint No 264 Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents ...

There are many subtle, yet significant, differences in the diagnosis and management of older adults when compared with younger patients. The philosophy of providing comprehensive, continuous care includes the belief that a patient’s health in later years is vitally affected by lifestyle...

Med School and Residency

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint264_Older.pdf

AAFP Reprint No 285 Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents ...

Family physicians are the most broadly trained specialists in health care. There is considerable overlap in the patient populations served by family physicians and the emergency physician, as well as the competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in each ...

Med School and Residency

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint285_Urgent.pdf

AAFP Reprint No 289D Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents ...

Historically, LGBTQA-focused health issues have been neglected in medical education due to lack of awareness, discomfort with the topic, time demands, lack of faculty development, and lack of directed educational resources. Several studies, however, support the position that medical ...

Med School and Residency

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint289D_LGBT.pdf

AAFP Reprint No 290 Recommended Curriculum Guidelines for Family Medicine Residents ...

Disasters come in many forms, and the specialty of family medicine is uniquely positioned in the health care system to stand at the front line to help detect possible threats, support other responding agencies, help allocate resources, and provide patient care during all disasters that ...

Med School and Residency

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint290_Disaster.pdf

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule

AAFP responds to proposed rule on 2013 Medicare physician fee schedule

Family Practice Management : FPM

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/aafp_responds_to_proposed_rule.html

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...

Advocacy

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

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

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 Response to HHS and DOT Guidance on Section 1332 Waivers - December 19, 2018

...(1) at least as comprehensive in covered benefits as federally operated marketplaces, (2) affordable, (3) provide coverage to a comparable number of residents as would be provided coverage absent a https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-10-24/pdf/2018-23182.pdf Secretary...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/medicaid/LT-CMS-1332Waivers-121918.pdf

AAFP response to the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

AAFP regulatory comment letter sent to CMS in response to the 2017 proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-MPFS2017-081916.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 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

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 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 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 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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Schools Congressional Task Force on Rural Health

In a recent letter, the AAFP advised a House task force on steps to address the nation's rural health crisis with more primary care physicians practicing at their full scope.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191209ruraltaskforce.html

AAFP Scores Win as CMS Activates Medicare ID Look-up Tool

The AAFP was successful in its recent efforts to persuade CMS to create a look-up tool for patients' Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180619mbilookup.html

AAFP Scores Win on Payment to Support Rural Residencies

As of Oct. 1, Medicare will start picking up the tab for residents' training time at critical-access hospitals, a move that helps the AAFP's Rural Health Matters initiative.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190905ipps.html

AAFP Seeks Flexibility in Medicare GME Funding Cap

The AAFP asked CMS to allow more flexibility in the cap on Medicare support for graduate medical education to help offset the shortage of family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190124gmecap.html

AAFP Sees Harms to Team-based Care in VA Interim Final Rule

The AAFP and other medical societies this month urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to rescind an interim final rule that would decrease the standard of care for U.S. veterans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210127vascope.html

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....

Advocacy

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

AAFP Steers CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

The AAFP recently gave CMS detailed suggestions on how the agency could improve a proposed rule covering the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Benefit programs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180117medicarecomment.html

AAFP Steers HHS on Protecting Patient Choice in Health Care

Family physicians focus on providing necessary care to patients, but ongoing consolidation in health care is limiting basic access, a point the AAFP recently reiterated to HHS.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180202hhschoiceltr.html

AAFP Supports 'ACT for Better Diagnosis' Initiative

As a member of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, the AAFP is supporting the ACT for Better Diagnosis initiative, which aims to improve the diagnostic process by calling on organizations to identify and spread practical steps to better ensure diagnoses are accurate, communicated and ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180914actbetterdx.html

AAFP Supports New Bill That Would Make

...May 1, 2011 ◆ Volume 83, Number 9 www.aafp.org/afp American Family Physician 1027 AAFP Supports New Bill That Would Make Medicare Payment Process More Accurate The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently supported a House bill that is attempting to bring more accuracy...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0501/afp20110501p1027.pdf

AAFP Supports Slate of Bills to Protect, Assist Patients

The Academy has written in support of House bills to preserve safeguards in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and make generic drugs more available.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190328housebills.html

AAFP Survey Reveals DPC Trends

As we prepare for the annual Direct Primary Care Summit, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin shares the results of the AAFP's recent survey related to DPC.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20180619ITT_DPC.html

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Complexity for Family Medicine

AAFP Sustains Fight to Reduce Administrative Burden for Family Medicine

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/kits/aafp-sustains-fight-to-reduce-administrative-burden-for-family-medicine.html

AAFP Testimony from Dr. Davis to Senate Finance Committee - May 21, 2021

Dr. Kisha Davis’ written testimony to the Senate Finance Committee for a hearing on telehealth and other CMS flexibilities for health care providers made available during the COVID-19 PHE.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateFinanceCmte-DavisTelehealth-051921.pdf

AAFP Testimony from Dr. Ransone to Senate Commerce Subcommittee - October 7, 2021

Full success of telehealth cannot be achieved without significantly improving our nation’s broadband infrastructure. COVID-19 has highlighted the utility and importance of broadband for access to primary care, mental and behavioral health care, education, remote work, applications for ...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/TS-SenateCommerceCmte-RansoneTelehealth-100721.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Congress on COVID-19 Long-haul Symptoms - April 27, 2021

AAFP submitted testimony to the Energy and Commerce committee on COVID-19 long-haul symptoms. The AAFP calls on Congress to address workforce shortages, primary care payment, high deductible health plans, coverage, ADA and FMLA compliance, and research.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/equality/TS-Congress-COVID19LongHaulSymptoms-042721.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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Testimony to House Small Business Committee on Prior Authorization- September 11, ...

...medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing and personal patient-physician relationship where the family physician serves as the hub of each patient’s integrated care team. More Americans depend on family physicians than on any other medical specialty. Most family physicians...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/TS-HouseSmallBusinessCommittee-PriorAuth-091119.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:...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Testimony to Senate Finance on Mental Health - June 25, 2021

The AAFP commented on the importance of mental health care and the role of the Collaborative Care Model, telemedicine, trauma-informed care, adequate payment, tobacco cessation, and addressing inequities.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/medhome/TS-SenateFinance-MentalHealth-062521.pdf

AAFP Testimony to Senate HELP Committee on Health Care Workforce - May 20, 2021

AAFP’s testimony to the HELP Committee provides policy recommendations to ensure that our nation has a robust primary care workforce that is equipped to address our population health needs and facilitate access to health care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/debt/TS-SenateHELPCmte-HealthCareWorkforce052021.pdf

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