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AAFP Letter Cites Concerns With CMS' Proposed Lab Rule

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.

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190409clialetter.html

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/...

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

AAFP Letter for the Senate Finance Committee RFI on Maternal Health - April 3, 2020

...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...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/women/LT-SenateFinance-MaternalHealth-040320.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. https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22027.pdf https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-17/pdf/2019-22027.pdf...

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

AAFP Letter Responsing to CMS RFI on Direct Provider Contracting - May 25, 2018

...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...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/apms/LT-CMS-DirectProviderContracting-052518.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

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 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

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 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...

Advocacy

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

Advocacy

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

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

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 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 DHS on Review of H-1B Visa Lottery Rule - March 3, 2021

As finalized, the final rule eliminating the H-1B lottery would exacerbate physician shortages and negatively impact to care, particularly for under resourced populations. We urge DHS to reverse the final rule.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/workforce/gme/LT-DHS-H1BLotteryFinalRuleDelayNotice-030321.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

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