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AAFP Fine-tunes Proposed Rule on GME, Rural Workforce

A proposed CMS rule that could boost the primary care workforce without creating additional administrative burden needs refinement, the Academy told the agency in a recent letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

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

AAFP Forms Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness

The AAFP Board of Directors recently approved the formation of the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness in Family Medicine to inform and guide recommendations, policies and work addressing disparities in care, health and the workforce.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20220131deicommission.html

AAFP Gathers Latest on Boosters, Guidance, Treatment, More

During the past few weeks, the federal government has implemented a series of actions designed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and the omicron variant, and the Academy is making sure family physicians have the latest information and tools.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20220110covidupdates.html

AAFP Gives Administration Formula for Saving Primary Care

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.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200511sustainpractices.html

AAFP Gives HHS Guidance on Pain Management, Opioid Crisis

The Academy responded to an HHS request for information with advice for ensuring that family physicians are able to address patient needs regarding chronic pain and opioid misuse.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190911painmgmtltr.html

AAFP Guides Agencies Away From Alternative Payment Roadblocks

In letters to CMS and HHS' Office of the Inspector General, the Academy counseled regulators to make sure self-referral rules do not hinder practice transformation through new payment models.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200109selfreferralltrs.html

AAFP Guides CMS on Administrative Simplification Efforts

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS on how the agency can improve its efforts to reduce time physicians spend on tasks not directly related to patient care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190813adminsimpletter.html

AAFP Highlights Primary Care in Rescue Package Needs

The AAFP called on Congress to bolster primary care as legislators write the bills for the American Rescue Plan.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210215arpletter.html

AAFP Hosts Launch of 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative

A new initiative will work to ensure that by 2030, 25 percent of U.S. medical school seniors will select family medicine as their specialty.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20180905twentyfiveby2030.html

AAFP Hosts Webinar on Teen, Young Adult Preventive Care

On July 12, the AAFP will host a webinar from 11:30 a.m. to noon CDT that addresses clinical preventive service recommendations for adolescents and young adults.

AAFP News : Patient Care

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

AAFP Immunization Materials Help Keep FPs Informed

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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200501immschedules.html

AAFP Immunization Resources Keep FPs Informed

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.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190429immschedsmailed.html

AAFP Issues COVID-19 Guidance on Breastfeeding, Medications

To help guide family physicians in providing optimal patient care, the AAFP recently issued a policy on prescribing medications for COVID-19, as well as a statement on breastfeeding and COVID-19.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200421covidguidance.html

AAFP Issues Summary of Proposed 2019 Medicare Fee Schedule

The AAFP has created a two-page summary of CMS' proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule. The summary is a precursor to a much lengthier and detailed formal comment letter the AAFP will submit by the agency's Sept. 10 deadline.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180724mpfssumm.html

AAFP Joins Call for Relief to Non-Medicare Physicians

It's past time to throw a lifeline to non-Medicare physicians working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, three physician organizations told HHS Secretary Alex Azar this week.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200430covidrelief.html

AAFP Joins Call to Protect Patients From Surprise Bills

The AAFP signed on to a letter asking legislators to curb unanticipated medical bills through policies such as encouraging adequate networks and coverage transparency.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190219surprisebilling.html

AAFP Joins Objection to Administration's Move Against ACA

The Academy and five peer medical organizations are opposing an administration plan to argue against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in an ongoing lawsuit.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190401acalawsuit.html

AAFP Joins Other Groups to Develop Well-Woman Resource

The Women's Preventive Services Initiative from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created a chart summarizing age-based preventive service recommendations for women from adolescence to maturity that physicians can use during well-woman visits.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20181206wpsichart.html

AAFP Joins Partnership to Empower Physician-Led Care

The AAFP is a founding member of a new coalition dedicated to supporting value-based health care and empowering physician-led independent practices.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180522pepc.html

AAFP Joins Push for Tough FDA Stance on Black Market Tobacco

Bootlegged cigarettes are only part of the illicit tobacco picture, according to a July 16 letter the AAFP and other stakeholder groups sent to the FDA.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180726illicittobacco.html

AAFP Joins Push to Delay New Diagnostic Imaging Requirements

The AAFP and 21 other medical organizations recently urged CMS to delay the appropriate use criteria program's educational and operations testing year.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190514aucletter.html

AAFP Joins Push to Immunize Health Workers Against COVID-19

The AAFP and more than 50 other medical groups on July 26 urged every health care and long-term care employer to require workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20210728covidvacc.html

AAFP Joins Push to Take Politics Out of COVID-19 Vaccine Work

In a recent letter and a separate statement, the Academy and dozens of medical and health groups called on health officials to put science ahead of politics as COVID-19 vaccine studies continue.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20200923covidscience.html

AAFP Joins Rebuild Rural Infrastructure Coalition

The AAFP has joined with more than 240 other organizations to help elevate primary care issues in rural America with legislators and policymakers.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190403rebuildrural.html

AAFP Joins Renewed Demand for Critical Gun Reforms

The Academy and six fellow medical organizations again urged Congress to enact "critical, common-sense" policies to reduce the threat of firearms violence their patients face.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190916firearmpolicies.html

AAFP Joins Support for Less Nicotine in Cigarettes

The AAFP has joined more than 40 public health and medical associations in support of a proposed update to the FDA's cigarette product standards.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180525nicotinelevels.html

AAFP Joins U.S. Call to Action on Climate Change

The AAFP has joined more than 70 other organizations in signing on to the U.S. Call to Action on Climate, Health and Equity: A Policy Action Agenda. The document features 10 policy recommendations that government leaders can use to address climate change.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190702climatecall2action.html

AAFP Keeps Vaccine Pressure on Congress; White House Praises FPs

In recent written testimony to Congress, the Academy reiterated family physicians’ crucial role in vaccination counseling and delivery and called for robust funding for education and outreach campaigns to encourage routine immunizations and build vaccine confidence.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20210624vaxtestimony.html

AAFP Launches New Audio Journal Products

Two new audio products from the AAFP provide members easy access to select content from the Academy journals FPM and American Family Physician.

AAFP News : CME

https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20190806journalaudio.html

AAFP Leader Voices

Blog updates on the issues affecting family medicine from the perspective of the AAFP's elected leaders

AAFP News : Blogs

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

AAFP Leaders Give Thanks for Paths to Family Medicine

With Thanksgiving approaching, we asked some members of the AAFP Board of Directors why they're glad they chose family medicine. They shared their answers in this Leader Voices Blog post.

AAFP News : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/20191125lv-thankgiving.html

AAFP Member Satisfaction Survey Opens April 27

The annual Member Satisfaction Survey, which is open April 27-May 25, is an opportunity for you to share how the AAFP is serving you well and where you need more support.

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/2022-satisfaction-survey-coming.html

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AAFP NRN Researchers Help Develop New Asthma Protocol

New research conducted by family physicians with the AAFP National Research Network indicates that adding an easy-to-use, low-cost intervention to usual asthma care can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life in Black and Hispanic patients.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/prepare-asthma-study.html

AAFP Nudges ONC Toward EHR Interoperability

The Academy has offered feedback to the National Coordinator for Health IT about electronic health record interoperability, usability and certification testing.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20181030oncltr.html

AAFP Objects to Interference With Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Academy and five peer physician organizations are strongly objecting to aggressive political interference in the physician-patient relationship that jeopardizes patients' access to lawful care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190517interference.html

AAFP Objects to Planned End of Medicaid Access Rule

The AAFP advised CMS not to rescind the Medicaid access rule and pointed out that boosting payment rates would do more to help beneficiaries access health care.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190918medicaidaccess.html

AAFP Offers CMS Improvements to Proposed 2020 MPFS

The AAFP recently responded to CMS' proposed 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule with a 61-page letter that focused on issues of importance to family physicians.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20190923mpfscomment.html

AAFP Offers Guidance on Depression Care After ACS Events

The AAFP has released a clinical practice guideline on screening for and treating depression after acute coronary syndrome. The guideline updates and replaces the Academy's guideline on detecting and treating depression after myocardial infarction, which was published in 2009 and ...

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20190625depressacsgdln.html

AAFP Offers Solutions to Ease E/M Documentation Burdens

The AAFP has offered recommendations to CMS regarding changes to evaluation and management documentation guidelines.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180427burdensletter.html

AAFP OKs Plan for All U.S. Adults to Get COVID-19 Boosters

The AAFP has approved recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that allow for administration of a single booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in all U.S. adults 18 and older.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20211123covidboosters.html

AAFP Outlines Quality Measurement Strategy for Primary Care

The AAFP has created a position paper on quality measurement for primary care that features six guiding principles aimed at helping steer future development and use of measurement in practice improvement and physician payment.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190114measurespaper.html

AAFP Outlines Steps to Reduce Administrative Burden

The AAFP recently laid out concrete solutions to the problem of administrative burden in a letter to two federal agencies.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20180209burdenletter.html

AAFP Pledges Support for Equity in Health Tech Tools

The AAFP has joined 40 other health care and advocacy organizations, health technology firms, and other stakeholder groups in committing to a prescribed set of principles that aim to ensure digital health technologies support diversity and promote equity.

AAFP News : Practice and Career

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20211108digitaltechpledge.html

AAFP Praises New Report that Recommends Increased Investment in and Access to ...

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AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/releases/aafp-praises-new-report-that-recommends-increased-investment-in-and-access-to-high-quality-primary-care.html

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP Praises U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory to Curb Misinformation About COVID-19

AAFP News : Media Center

https://www.aafp.org/news/media-center/statements/aafp-praises-us-surgeon-generals-advisory.html

AAFP President: Prepare Your Office for Novel Coronavirus

Two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV that was first detected in Wuhan, China, have now been reported in the United States, with other suspected cases under investigation.

AAFP News : Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20200124novelcoronavirus.html

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 Pushes Against Executive Order on Equivalent Payment

A recent White House executive order meant to bolster Medicare includes some good ideas -- but one element could impair high-quality, team-based primary care, the Academy warned in an Oct. 11 letter.

AAFP News : Advocacy and Government

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20191014execorder.html

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

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