In many rural communities, family physicians are the only maternity care providers. The AAFP provides training and support members need to play this vital role.
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The AAFP recently sent a detailed response to a Senate Finance Committee request for information on how to improve the nation's maternal morbidity and mortality rates.
The AAFP offered a wide range of clinical recommendations and resources throughout 2017 -- including practice guidelines, immunization guidance and preventive services recommendations -- that members can use in 2018 and beyond.
The AAFP sent a 92-page letter to CMS with recommendations on how to improve the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule so it better supports family medicine.
The AAFP has endorsed an updated guideline on tonsillectomy in children that was developed by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The guideline was published Feb. 5 in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
...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...
Find out all of the opportunities that the AAFP has for exhibiting at national events. National Conference and Family Medicine Experience (FMX) have many ways for organizations to have the opportunity to get in front of AAFP members.
...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,...
In a pair of recent letters, the AAFP again called on the administration and Congress to direct relief -- and more visionary policy -- to primary care.
Learn how to submit an abstract for a workshop presentation at the upcoming AAFP Global Health Summit.
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...December 1, 2010 ◆ Volume 82, Number 11 www.aafp.org/afp American Family Physician 1315 AAFP Helped Spur CMS’ Final Rule in Favor of Primary Care Bonus Program The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed its implementation rules for the Medicare Primary Care...
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The Academy recently mailed laminated, full-color copies of the 2020 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules developed by the ACIP to all active members.
The AAFP is mailing all active and resident family physician members full-color laminated copies of the 2019 adult, childhood/adolescent and catch-up immunization schedules.
...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...
...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...
AAFP Joins CDC Campaign Urging Smokers to 'Talk With Your Doctor'
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The AAFP has partnered with CMS and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on a project to better predict health outcomes and improve health care quality through artificial intelligence.
Dozens of professional medical organizations -- including the AAFP and the New Jersey AFP -- recently signed a letter urging two health insurance companies to reconsider an unfair coding policy.
The AAFP and four other physician organizations warned that a proposed change to the so-called public charge rule would endanger patients and their communities, and increase costs to the health system and taxpayers.
Aug 1, 2008 - ...In an effort to reach out to the international family-medicine community and other health care professionals in developing countries, the AAFP has arranged to make the journals available through the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI), a public-private...
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A recent AAFP letter to CMS expresses concerns with portions of a proposed rule that would increase the financial burden on in-office laboratories, possibly forcing the closure of those that are operating on already thin margins.
...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 any other physician specialty. Ensuring access to...
...Understanding family medicine’s potential role to improve pregnancy related health outcomes, the AAFP established a maternal health taskforce in 2018. The Academy’s programmatic and legislative priorities include retaining obstetric care professionals, supporting maternity care...
...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...
...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...
...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...
...all contribute to a more accessible and robust primary care delivery system. Combined, they stand to significantly increase the number of primary care physicians trained and practicing in areas that need them the most. The committee’s program extensions will provide critical program...
AAFP letter to CMS opposing provisions of 2015 proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.
...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...
...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...
...The AAFP offers a number of recommendations in response to CMS’ questions on how the agency can test and implement a Direct Provider Contracting model for primary care that improves quality and outcomes for beneficiaries, that reduces costs for Federal health programs - and reduces...
...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...
...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...
...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...
...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....
...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...
...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....
...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...
...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...
...(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...
...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...
...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...
...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...
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...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...
...additional federal support in order to improve access to care and build care capacity. While the AAFP supports HRSA’s goal of increasing the number of counties that are eligible for funding, we are concerned that this will increase the competition for limited funds and result in...
...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...
...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...
...physicians are uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive care for the entire family - from birth through end-of-life. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages and sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the...
...populations for development and outreach. As of August, Medicaid beneficiaries lag behind commercial or Medicare beneficiaries in the number of all healthcare visits, showing a concerning trend in low-income populations not seeking care. vii Additionally, we continue to see...