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AAFP Pushes CMS to Clear 'Safe Harbors' in Stark Law

The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter how the agency could change self-referral rules that unduly burden physicians who adopt innovative payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180905starkletter.html

AAFP Pushes for More Changes to ONC Rule Compliance Dates

Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP has urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to further delay the deadline for physicians to comply with information blocking provisions outlined in the 21st Century Cures Act.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210121infoblocking.html

AAFP Query Prompts CMS Order on Pneumococcal Vaccine Denial

In response to AAFP concerns that some physicians' Medicare claims for administering pneumococcal vaccinations have been denied, CMS has instructed Medicare contractors to cease local pneumococcal vaccination frequency edits.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191016claimsedits.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 Marijuana, Cannabinoids Position Paper

The AAFP's new marijuana and cannabinoids position paper describes marijuana and related substance misuse as "complex issues impacting family medicine, patient health and public health."

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190920cannabispaper.html

AAFP Renews Push for Site-neutral Payment

The Academy continued its extensive advocacy for site-neutral payment in a recent round of letters to CMS and Congress, saying that such payment parity would encourage patients to make decisions based on quality rather than cost.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191009oppsletters.html

AAFP Responds to FDA Nicotine Steering Committee

The AAFP recently responded to an FDA request for comments on the use of nicotine for tobacco product cessation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180417nicotineltr.html

AAFP Rolls Out New Well-being Assessment Tool

As part of its ongoing effort to help family physicians increase professional satisfaction and fulfillment, the Academy has added a new assessment resource -- the Physician Well-being Index -- to its Physician Health First portal.

AAFP News : Focus on Physician Well-being

https://www.aafp.org/news/focus-on-physician-well-being/20190923well-beingindex.html

AAFP Seeks Applicants for 2019-20 Health Equity Fellowship

Building on a successful inaugural run, the AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the yearlong 2019-20 health equity fellowship.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190529healthequityfellow.html

AAFP Seeks Candidates for 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship

The AAFP and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors are seeking applicants for the 2020-2021 Health Equity Fellowship; applications are due by Oct. 1.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200723healthyequityfellows.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 Seeks Women’s Equity and Leadership Project Candidates

The AAFP is seeking applicants to serve as members of a cohort participating in the Women’s Wellness Through Equity and Leadership project. Interested members have until Feb. 28 to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210211welproject.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 Sends Administration Detailed Advice on Interoperability

In three letters sent this month, the AAFP provided feedback on proposed health IT rules meant to promote exchange of information in EHRs.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190619HITletters.html

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 CMS Move Toward Equitable Payment Rules

The AAFP said CMS should finalize a policy proposal in its proposed rule on the 2019 outpatient prospective payment system that would reduce payment differences between sites of service and also suggested another way to fix Medicare payment.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180926oppscomment.html

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP Supports Recent COVID-19 Safety Guidance From CDC

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-supports-covid-safety-guidance.html

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 Taps Veteran Family Medicine Advocate as Next CEO/EVP

AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin was introduced March 11 as the successor to retiring Academy CEO and EVP Douglas Henley, M.D.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20200312smartinceo.html

AAFP Teams Up With NFL Foundation to Raise Concussion Awareness

AAFP Teams Up With NFL Foundation to Raise Concussion Awareness

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/aafp_teams_up_with_nfl.html

AAFP Tells FCC Telehealth Pilot Should Encompass Broad Scope

The Academy told the Federal Communications Commission in an Aug. 28 letter that a proposed $100 million telehealth initiative must not be limited to rural physicians and patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190904fcctelehealth.html

AAFP Tells Insurers to Meet Demand for Telehealth Payment

To allow family physicians maximum flexibility to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAFP this week asked Congress and insurers to require that all health insurance plans expand coverage for virtual care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200320telehealthcoverage.html

AAFP to CMS: Cut Prior Authorization to Preserve Programs

In two recent letters, the Academy advised CMS to protect the integrity of health care programs by reducing physicians' administrative burden and financial risk.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191203programintegrity.html

AAFP to CMS: Don't Add to Physicians' Administrative Burden

CMS should maintain automatic reenrollment policies for exchange plans to protect physicians, patients and the market, the AAFP advised in a March 2 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200304paymentparameters.html

AAFP to CMS: Lock In E/M Increase, Acknowledge Pandemic

In a detailed response to the proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule, the AAFP advised CMS to implement its planned 2021 increase to office visit evaluation and management codes for family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201008mpfscomment.html

AAFP to CMS: Make 2019 MPFS Work for FPs, Primary Care

In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP made recommendations on ways the agency can change portions of the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule to better support family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190109mpfscomment.html

AAFP to CMS: Medicare Rules Must Cut Burden, Empower FPs

In response to a proposed rule for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D plans, the AAFP advised CMS to focus on changes that make it easier for their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200416partscdrule.html

AAFP to CMS: Protect CPC+ Practices From COVID-19 Losses

Comprehensive Primary Care Plus practices navigating the COVID-19 pandemic are endangered by financial pressures that CMS must ease, the AAFP and 28 other stakeholders told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200416cpcplus.html

AAFP to CMS: To Shrink Opioid Crisis, Grow Primary Care

The AAFP told CMS that the agency can help family physicians combat the opioid misuse crisis by increasing investment in primary care physician workforce growth and reducing administrative complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191021supportact.html

AAFP to Congress: Hands Off USPSTF

A bill has been introduced that would alter the composition and processes of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines why the Academy is stringently opposing the legislation.

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP to Congress: Reauthorize THCGME Program Now

The AAFP is pressing Congress to reauthorize funding for the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program before it expires Sept. 30 and urges members to join a Speak Out campaign on this critical issue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190917thcgmespeakout.html

AAFP to Develop Value-based Payment Model for Primary Care

Noting that family physicians are foundational to the success of value-based care in United States, the AAFP Board of Directors has approved and funded a special project to empower Academy members to partner with payers to help improve quality and control total costs of care.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210107vision2025.html

AAFP to FCC: Improve Rural Telehealth to Support Primary Care

The AAFP has responded to a proposed rule on rural telehealth from the Federal Communications Commission by offering suggestions for supporting physicians and improving patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180205ruraltelehealth.html

AAFP to Feds on Vaccines: End EHR Costs, Fight Hesitancy

The Academy has called on regulators to ensure HHS' 2020 National Vaccination Plan ends EHR financial burdens related to immunization functionality and addresses vaccine hesitancy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191029natvaccplan.html

AAFP to House Small Business Committee: Mandatory Prior Authorizations For Needed ...

AAFP to house small business committee: mandatory prior authorizations for needed medical services delays care, increases costs.

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-to-house-small-business-committee.html

AAFP to HRSA: Primary Care Services Best Delivered by FPs

The AAFP has responded to a request for information from the Health Resources and Services Administration regarding rural communities' access to health care services. Noting that 17% of AAFP members currently practice in rural areas, the Academy said FPs are best-suited to deliver ...

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191009hrsaletter.html

AAFP Tools Ease Patient Risk Stratification, Care Planning

Two AAFP resources ― the Risk-Stratified Care Management Scoring Algorithm and the Risk-Stratified Care Management Rubric ― can be useful in stratifying patients into risk levels based on utilization, chronic disease status, behavioral and mental health, and social determinants of health.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210505rscmtools.html

AAFP Tools Offer Pointers on Assessing Patients for STIs

Family physicians are ideally positioned to educate patients about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, screen for these infections and provide appropriate care. New AAFP resources on STIs aim to help them do just that.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190918stismanual.html

AAFP Tools Ready for Those Considering Primary Care First

The Primary Care First program is structurally sound and directionally appropriate, but it isn't for everyone. The Academy has developed tools to help members decide whether to apply.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20191126pcftools.html

AAFP Unveils Principles for Fair Measurement, Payment in APMs

A new set of principles from the AAFP says physicians cannot address social determinants of health without adequate payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180518apmprinciples.html

AAFP Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendation

The AAFP’s updated recommendation on colorectal cancer screening differs slightly from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including a finding that there is insufficient evidence to assess the benefits and harms of screening adults ages 45 to 49.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210901crcscreening.html

AAFP Updates Its PSA Screening Recommendation

The AAFP has issued an updated clinical preventive service recommendation on prostate-specific antigen-based screening that differs from that of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in its level of specificity.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180720aafppsarec.html

AAFP Updates Recommendation on Lung Cancer Screening

The Academy has published an updated recommendation that supports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final recommendation on screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210406lungcancer.html

AAFP Updates Unhealthy Drug Use, OUD Screening Guidance

The AAFP has published an updated recommendation statement on screening for unhealthy drug use and a separate recommendation on screening for opioid use disorder, which differ somewhat from guidance issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200723aafpdrugrecs.html

AAFP Urges Better Broadband for Telehealth, Health Equity

AAFP President Sterling Ransone, M.D., testified to a Senate subcommittee that improved broadband access is essential for building on the success of telehealth that has been seen during the pandemic.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20211012telehealth.html

AAFP Urges Congress to Preserve Military Medical Workforce

The AAFP and other medical groups recently asked House and Senate leaders to delay a planned decrease in military medical staffing levels.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200901militarycuts.html

AAFP Urges Congress to Uphold Health Care Coverage Expansion

The number of uninsured Americans has fallen nearly 6 percent in recent years. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin examines how Congressional efforts could undermine that progress and outlines key insurance reforms the Academy intends to...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Urges Improvements to Fledgling Patient Data Initiative

The AAFP made detailed suggestions to improve CMS' recently announced initiative to improve patients' access to and control of their electronic health data.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180322myhealthedata.html

AAFP Urges Modifications to CMS' Proposed ACO Rule

The AAFP responded in writing to CMS with suggestions on how to improve its proposed rule on accountable care organizations.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181031acoltr.html

AAFP Urges Quick Reunification of Families Separated at Border

The AAFP recently called on the administration to quickly reunite families that have been separated at the border and to ensure that those still in custody receive appropriate health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180703familyseparation.html

AAFP Voices Concern About New 'Public Charge' Rule

The AAFP has joined a call for the Department of Homeland Security to rescind a new public charge regulation that creates an unacceptable barrier between physicians and their patients.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190821publiccharge.html

AAFP Voices Support for CMS Drug Transparency Proposal

In a Dec. 12 letter, the AAFP welcomed a proposed CMS rule that would require prices to be included in prescription drug commercials.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181219rxpriceltr.html

AAFP Voices Support for FDA Tobacco Regulation

On June 20, the AAFP sent the FDA letters stating the Academy's position on three separate tobacco-related issues: the use of flavors in tobacco products, premium cigars and nicotine levels in cigarettes.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180626fdaletters.html

AAFP Warns of More Harm in Scope-of-Practice Executive Order

In a recent letter, the AAFP said an executive order expanding scope of practice would disrupt team-based primary care in potentially harmful ways.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200121scopeletter.html

AAFP Weighs in With Its 'Vision for the Future

The AAFP responded to a draft report by the American Board of Medical Specialties Vision for the Future Commission with recommendations to make continuing board certification work for family physicians.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190123visioncomments.html

AAFP Welcomes Proposed Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels

The Academy praised a proposed rule that would add stark warning labels to cigarette packs and called on regulators to go further to protect youth from nicotine.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191008cigarettewarnings.html

AAFP Working to Improve Community Health Outcomes

The AAFP played a key role in the recent release of a new framework to spark collaboration between the public health and health care sectors to improve community health outcomes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180703hlthframewrk.html

AAFP Working to Improve Continuing Board Certification

Family physicians are weary of the costs and effort involved in securing continuing board certification. Aaron Saguil, M.D., M.P.H., offers an update on how the AAFP is addressing the issue.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20180122guested-cocpd.html

AAFP-PT Orders for 2022 Now Being Accepted

If you’re one of the majority of family physicians who have chosen to streamline the care you offer patients by performing many of your own laboratory tests using AAFP Proficiency Testing, you should know that you can now access the program’s 2022 specimen catalog and order forms.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210708aafp-pt2022.html

AAFP, ACP Release New Acute Pain Clinical Guideline

A new clinical guideline from the AAFP and the American College of Physicians recommends topical NSAIDs as first-line therapy for acute non-low back pain.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200818painguideline.html

AAFP, Chapters Caution HHS on Changing Medicaid Eligibility

The AAFP is assisting chapters that want to communicate with HHS or their state governments about proposals to impose work

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180222medicaidwaivers.html

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To ...

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To Prevent Firearm-related Injury and Death

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/more-releases/aafp-medical-and-public-health-organizations-call-for-fast-tracking-policies-to-prevent-firearm-related-injury-and-death.html

AAFP, Missouri Chapter Warn State About Opioids Overreach

The AAFP recently gave the Department of Veterans Affairs feedback on a proposed rule that could affect physician payment, prior authorization and scope of practice.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180315missouriopioids.html

AAFP, NAM Partner to Host Opioid Tapering Webinar

A Dec. 18 webinar on opioid tapering co-hosted by the AAFP and the National Academy of Medicine will feature an expert panel of family physicians.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20201215opioidwebinar.html

AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

The AAFP and six other health organizations have published a "Dear Colleague" letter that encourages health care professionals to ensure that adolescent patients present for a well visit at age 16.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190812well16yo.html

AAFP, Other Groups File Amicus Brief in Texas v. U.S.

The AAFP and other medical groups have filed an amicus brief supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a lawsuit that seeks to declare the ACA unconstitutional.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180621amicusbrief.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Diabetes Self-management Report

The AAFP has collaborated with several other health care and diabetes organizations to publish a consensus report on the use of diabetes self-management education and support in adults with type 2 diabetes.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200609diabetesconsensusrpt.html

AAFP, Other Groups Issue Joint Principles on Opioid Crisis

The AAFP recently joined with five other medical organizations to release joint principles addressing the opioid epidemic that are intended to inform congressional policies on the issue.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180613opioidprinciples.html

AAFP, Other Groups Laud Promising Rural ACO Improvement Act

The Academy and 14 other organizations have voiced support for a Senate bill that aims to fix a flawed formula used to measure accountable care organization performance.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191028ruralacoact.html

AAFP, Other Medical Groups Update Sports Physical Guidance

The AAFP has joined with five other medical organizations to update the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Monograph, which provides guidance to physicians and other clinicians on properly administering the PPE, also known as the sports physical.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190611ppeupdate.html

AAFP, Others Warn Azar of Imminent Primary Care Closures

Funding to independent and community-based primary care practices, including Medicaid participants, must come soon, the AAFP and other groups told HHS this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200522closurewarning.html

AAFP: Congress Must Take 'Bold Steps' to Steady Primary Care

Congress must direct its next round of financial relief to a primary care system jeopardized by COVID-19, the AAFP said in an April 13 letter to lawmakers.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200414primarycarerelief.html

AAFP's Annual Meeting Offers Plenty to 'Experience' in Denver

Thousands of family physicians will gather two weeks from today in Denver for an opportunity to learn, network, and have fun at the AAFP's Family Medicine Experience (FMX). AAFP Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin highlights some of what is to come ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP's eHealth Initiative Aims to Make Health IT Work for FPs

Innovations in health technology aren't likely to succeed without physician input. In the latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin explains how the Academy's Alliance for eHealth Innovation is working to ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20170718ehealthalliance.html

AAFP's Opioid Survey Seeks Powerful Firsthand Testimony

The Academy is seeking member feedback regarding pain management and the opioid epidemic. Your response to a 10-minute survey will help support the AAFP's advocacy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180813opioidsurvey.html

AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

...to deal with the ramifications of gun violence all too frequently. The prevalence of gun-related injuries and death has become a major public health issue and the federal government should approach it as any other public health issue - through a comprehensive analysis of data that...

AAFP News

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/news/AAFP%20Letter%20to%20Congress%20on%20Gun%20Violence%20Research.pdf

AAO-HNS Dysphonia Guideline Earns AAFP Affirmation of Value

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recently published an updated clinical practice guideline on dysphonia; the AAFP has given the guideline its affirmation of value designation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180313aao-hnsdysphonia.html

AAP Hypertension Guideline Garners AAFP Affirmation of Value

The AAFP recently gave its affirmation of value designation to the American Academy of Pediatrics' guideline on screening for and managing high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180404aaphtnguideaffirm.html

AAP Updates Car Safety Seat Recommendations for Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published an updated policy statement that includes revised recommendations on car safety seat use and related practices.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20180921kidscarsafety.html

ABFM Certification Pilot Proves Worthy Alternative

The American Board of Family Medicine has announced it is extending its Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot through 2020. After six months as a participant, AAFP Senior Vice President for Education Clif Knight, M.D., shares his take on the alternative exam.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20190724gst-ed-fmcla.html

ABMS Continuing Certification Initiative Issues Draft Report

Last month, the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards released a draft report of its findings and recommendations, and is inviting further public comment.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190111abmsvision.html

ACA's Vital Progress Again in Jeopardy

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear another challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Stephanie Quinn writes in the In the Trenches blog that the focus should be on building on aspects of the ...

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20200707itt-aca.html

Academy Calls for Detailed COVID-19 Patient Data From HHS

In an April 3 letter, the Academy and several fellow medical groups urged HHS to release more granular patient data on COVID-19. It's a significant call to action, according to AAFP President Gary LeRoy, M.D.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200409coviddata.html

Academy Gives Senate Strong Prescription to Improve MACRA

In recent Senate testimony, the Academy recommended key fixes for the framework of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, including reducing complexity.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190515macrasenate.html

Academy Joins Call for Bold Health Policy Improvements

In a letter to the White House, the AAFP and its fellow front-line physician organizations called for action to get physicians vaccinated against COVID-19 and other sweeping improvements to health policy.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210223whitehousepolicy.html

Academy Joins Call to Unburden HDHP Patients in Pandemic

In a recent letter, the AAFP lauded the Helping Families Access Pediatric Care Act as good for patients, especially those enrolled in high-deductible health plans.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20201028accesscact.html

Academy Lobbies to Center COVID Solutions on Primary Care

In a letter to President Biden, the AAFP called for the Path Out of the Pandemic plan to adopt recommendations that support primary care physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210923popplan.html

Academy Offering Tools for Chronic Care Management

When it comes to chronic care management, payers are undervaluing the service by nearly $12 per patient per month. AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin details the findings of the Academy's new brief on chronic care management and ...

AAFP News : Blogs

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

Academy Officers Cover Key Issues at Town Hall

AAFP officers provided updates and answered members’ questions about issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, payment, telemedicine and health equity during a virtual Town Hall prior to the Congress of Delegates.

AAFP News : News From 2020 COD and FMX

https://www.aafp.org/news/2020-congress-fmx/20201012codtownhall.html

Academy Pinpoints Strengths, Weaknesses in Draft Senate Bill

In detailed feedback to lawmakers on the Lower Health Care Costs Act, the AAFP applauded the bill's reauthorization of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program while calling for increased funding for the program.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190626lhccaletter.html

Academy Raises Pressure for Federal Response to COVID-19

In a series of recent letters, the AAFP pressed lawmakers and administration officials to speed the flow of materials and data to family physicians and to reinforce the primary care safety net.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200316covidadvocacy.html

Academy Reacts to Latest FDA E-cigarette Policy Delay

After the FDA cited COVID-19 as a reason to delay stronger oversight of tobacco products, the AAFP and 49 allies urged the agency to work to protect the public health.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200429ecigdelay.html

Academy Rolls Out New Tobacco Cessation Resources

The AAFP, with a supporting grant from the CVS Health Foundation, has developed several new tobacco cessation resources that members can download and use to help patients at the point of care.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20210616ask-act-resources.html

Academy Sees Health Equity Boost in Proposed HHS Rule

The AAFP supports proposed federal rulemaking that would increase access to comprehensive primary care coverage.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210805pprule.html

Academy Sends MACRA Concerns, QPP Advice to Congress

In a recent letter to Congress, the Academy expressed support for the overall goals of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act while outlining key strategies to improve its Quality Payment Program.

AAFP News : MACRA Ready

https://www.aafp.org/news/macra-ready/20180801macraltr.html

Academy Takes Aim at Maternal Mortality Crisis

The AAFP is building a coalition and taking other concrete steps to address the nation's maternal mortality crisis and to ensure that family physicians can be part of the solution.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190501maternalmortality.html

Academy Takes Aim at Rural Health Challenges

Rural Americans tend to be older, poorer and sicker than their urban counterparts. In his latest In the Trenches blog post, AAFP Senior Vice President for Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin looks at the issues the Academy's new rural health initiative aims to address.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/20190723itt-rural.html

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