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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.

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter to EandC Health Subcommittee on Drug Pricing Bills - March 13, 2019

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

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECHealthSub-DrugPricing-031319.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 ...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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...

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter to Military Committees on FY 2020 NDAA - July 19, 2019

...reduce the number of uniformed military health care provider billets threaten access to primary and specialty health care services throughout the MHS for service members and their families. Reductions in GME billets will also reduce the number of military-trained uniformed...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DoD-SupportingHouseNDAASection716-071919.pdf

Joint Letter Calling for Permanent Telehealth Changes - June 29, 2020

...3 https://www.himss.org/resources/providing-telehealth-visits-underserved-communities-case-study 4 https://www.fairhealth.org/states-by-the-numbers/telehealth 5 https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/telehealth...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/telehealth/LT-Congress-PostCOVIDTelehealthPriorities-062920.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS on Section 5 of EO #13890 Regarding Supervision Requirements of ...

...the President’s Executive Order (EO) #13890 on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors. The EO directs HHS to propose a number of reforms to the Medicare program, including ones that eliminate supervision and licensure requirements of the Medicare program that are...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-CMS-SupervisionReqsNonPhysicians-011420.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 Backgrounder: Marijuana

Background information from the AAFP on marijuana.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/misc/BKG-Marijuana.pdf

Organizational Letter to Congress Recommending Policies to Increase Immunizations - ...

...outbreaks. The 2017-2018 influenza season resulted in over 79,000 deaths,1 including 185 children, most of whom were unvaccinated.2 This number represents more deaths from the flu than any single season since the 1970s. As of April 4, 465 cases of measles have been confirmed in 19...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Congress-ImmunizationCommunitPolicyRecs-042119.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS on Health System Resilience - July 8, 2020

...of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Captain Paul Reed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Medicine and Science Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue S.W....

Advocacy

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

Joint Letter from Physician Groups Opposing Medicare Mental Health Access Act - ...

...to provide and bill for the services they are trained to perform and thus, will not actually increase the net number of mental health care providers in the community or the number of services that can be competently performed for patients. Enacting this legislation would decrease...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-Congress-OpposingMedicareMentalHealthAccessAct-092220.pdf

AAFP Letter to the FDA on Nicotine Levels - May 8, 2019

...AAFP’s position on nicotine level standards in tobacco products. First, the AAFP continues to welcome the FDA’s commitment to reducing the number of Americans who smoke and use tobacco products. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, including...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-CODResolutionNicotineStandards-05819.pdf

Joint Letter to CMS Opposing Expansion of Scope of Practice for NPPs in IRF Settings - ...

...require rehabilitation physicians to manage devastating chronic issues resulting from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and a number of other illnesses and disabilities. Such complex patients have multiple co-morbidities that need to be managed concurrently. Most...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/scope/LT-CMS-NPsIRFSetting-061120.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Primary Care Spend

...and efforts to increase the level of investment. Transparency in Primary Care Spending Despite an increase in the number of medical students choosing family medicine and other primary care specialties for residency, resources and investment within the United States remain skewed...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/BKG-PrimaryCareSpend.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Sustain Primary Care

...of their patients, COVID-19 and non-COVID-related. The FFS payment model, by design, reimburses based on the number of services delivered. At the core of family medicine is a focus on health, wellness and prevention. These goals are not appropriately supported by our current payment...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/campaigns/action_week/BKG-SustainPrimaryCare.pdf

Letter to Senate HELP Committee on Innovation - November 28, 2018

...of producing important savings, earned higher quality scores, and showed positive patient outcomes. On average, the programs with the higher number of PCMH primary care practices produced savings at 1.2 percent as compared to .6 percent for those with no advanced primary care...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/delivery/acos/LT-SenateHELP-HealthCareInnovationHearing-112818.pdf

Joint Letter to House on PCORI Reauthorization - May 13, 2019

...more than $2.4 billion in grants to more than 600 research- related projects in 44 states across the U.S. In 2014, PCORI saw the first large number of research results from its funded studies reported in major medical journals. Several of these projects generated particularly...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/research/pcori/LT-House-PCORIReauthorization-051319.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leaders on COVID Vaccine Funding - June 1, 2020

...1) if there continues to be an increase in the number of Americans who lose their insurance before a vaccine becomes available 2) if social distancing requirements prevent significant numbers of Americans from safely accessing vaccine at their usual source of care; and 3) the...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Congress-COVIDVaccineInfrastructure-060120.pdf

AAFP Letter to Congresional Leadership on THCGME Reauthorization and Recruitment - ...

...their 2020 matriculating classes. At the same time, applicants are evaluating programs to determine where they will complete their family medicine residency training. Although the recruitment process ends in March of 2020, actions taken by Congress in the next few weeks could...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Congress-THCGMEReauthRecruit-101719.pdf

AAFP Backgrounder: Physician Preceptor Tax Credits

...and coordinated care through robust family medicine preceptorship programs. Evidence shows that early and consistent mentorship of medical students by preceptors increases the likelihood of these students choosing family medicine as a career. The AAFP will continue to advocate for...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/BKG-PreceptorTaxCredit.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 Backgrounder - Scope of Practice: Pharmacists

...pharmacists and physicians, such as collaborative drug therapy management (CDTM). However, the AAFP believes that only licensed doctors of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, and podiatry should have the statutory authority to prescribe drugs. The AAFP believes that independent...

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter for EandC Subcommittee on Health on ACA and Drug Pricing Bills Markup - ...

...debate, in part, because of the complexity of care family physicians provide and the fact that the number and intricacy of conditions, complaints, and diseases seen in family medicine is far greater than those seen by https://www.hindawi.com/journals/scientifica/2012/432892/...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-E&C-ACADrugPricing-03272019.pdf

Letter to EandC Full Committee Chairs on Health Care Access Bills - April 3, 2019

...debate, in part, because of the complexity of care family physicians provide and the fact that the number and intricacy of conditions, complaints, and diseases treated in family medicine is far greater than those seen in any other physician specialty. The AAFP supports proposals to...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/coverage/aca/LT-ECComm-HealthCareAccessBills-040319.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senator Tester on Rural Physician Workforce Production Act - February 4,...

...the communities they serve need. These financial incentives would extend to urban hospitals as well, for the specific purpose of growing the number of residents they train in rural training tracks. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act represents a promising way to make...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-Senator-RuralPhysicianWorkforceProductionAct-%20020419.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senator Gardner on Rural Physician Workforce Production Act - February ...

...the communities they serve need. These financial incentives would extend to urban hospitals as well, for the specific purpose of growing the number of residents they train in rural training tracks. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act represents a promising way to make...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenatorGardner-RuralPhysicianWorkforceProductionAct-%20020419.pdf

AAFP Letter to Senator Hyde-Smith on Rural Physician Workforce Production Act - ...

...the communities they serve need. These financial incentives would extend to urban hospitals as well, for the specific purpose of growing the number of residents they train in rural training tracks. The Rural Physician Workforce Production Act represents a promising way to make...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-SenatorHyde-Smith-RuralPhysicianWorkforceProductionAct-%20020419.pdf

AAFP Comments to HHS on SUNSET Proposal - December 2, 2020

...the regulation. More specifically, the Department proposes to require that all regulations are assessed for their impact on a substantial number of small entities. For those that are deemed to have a significant impact, HHS will have to more formally review them to determine whether...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/administrative/LT-HHS-CommentsSUNSETProposal-120220.pdf

AAFP Chapter Letter in Support of THCGME Reauthorization - February 11, 2020

...with the Community Health Center Program and the National Health Service Corp Program, are essential resources to begin to increase the number of primary care physicians and to ensure they work in communities that need them most. Together, they achieve our shared goals of improving...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-HouseSenLeaderships-ChapterSupportLetterTHCGME-021120.pdf

State SpeakOut Template

...of importance to family medicine. If interested in creating a legislative scorecard, please send the following information to Eric Waskowicz (ewaskowicz@aafp.org). Overall summary of scorecard: For every bill to be included on the scorecard: Bill number Bill action to be...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/grassroots/State-SO-Template.pdf

AAFP Letter Supporting the Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 3708) - August ...

...these current legal barriers that prevent patients with HSAs from receiving care from family physicians practicing in a DPC model. A growing number of family physicians are choosing to practice in the DPC model and patient demand for DPC practices is growing. Additionally, employers...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/dpc/LT-RepsBumenauerSmith-PrimaryCareEnhancementAct-081219.pdf

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