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AAFP Backgrounder: Medical Liability

...or malignant tumor, rather than just two and a half years for other negligence Noneconomic Damages Patients who experience injury due to negligent care should exercise their right to civil action to seek compensation. However, patients’ rights to noneconomic damages as high as...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/legal/liability/BKG-MedicalLiability.pdf

Joint Letter to Senate on CDC GVP Research Funding - February 21, 2019

...vehicle crashes, smoking, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This same approach should be applied to increasing gun safety and reducing firearm-related injuries and deaths, and CDC research will be as critical to that effort as it was to these previous public health...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-Senate-CDC-GVPResearchFunding-0221019.pdf

Joint Letter to House on CDC GVP Research Funding - February 21, 2019

...vehicle crashes, smoking, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This same approach should be applied to increasing gun safety and reducing firearm-related injuries and deaths, and CDC research will be as critical to that effort as it was to these previous public health...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-House-CDC-GVPResearchFunding-022119.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Final Comments on the 2019 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee ...

...data to avoid large swings in relative values from one year to the next. We agree with CMS that the rates for the clinical labor staff should also be updated along with the updated pricing for supplies and equipment. In the spirit of using the most current, reliable information, we...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-CMS-2019ProposedMPFS-090618.pdf

Joint Letter Calling for End to Ban on Gun Violence Research - April 6, 2016

The AAFP, along with 141 medical and public health groups, urged Appropriators to end the 1996 ban on CDC gun violence prevention research.

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/safety/LT-CON-GunResearch-040616.pdf

AAFP Response to the 2020 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule - September 18, 2019

...in treating and coordinating care for beneficiaries with opioid use disorders (OUDs). The AAFP agrees that these fall into Category 1 and should be added to the Medicare Telehealth Services list. II.G. Medicare Coverage for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment Services Furnished by...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/feesched/LT-CMS-2020ProposedMPFSComments-091819.pdf

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

...In addition, IRF patients 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...

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

AAFP letter to FDA’s Nicotine Steering Committee - April 10, 2018

...OTC NRT for tobacco cessation, combustible tobacco products. The AAFP acknowledges that no level of tobacco use is safe and OTC NRT use should be used with the end goal of complete cessation, not smoking reduction. The AAFP does not support the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/tobacco/LT-FDA-NicotineSteeringCommittee-041018.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS Urging CDC Support Amid COVID-19 - July 1, 2020

...The broad scope of CDC’s work - from chronic disease to injury prevention to environmental health to emergency preparedness to infectious disease - is critical. It is not possible to effectively meet the needs of the American people if that scope is narrowed. We have seen how...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/LT-HHS-CDCSupportCOVID-070120.pdf

AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on its Healthy Communities Hearing - ...

...care physicians can help diabetes mellitus patients understand how the condition compromises their immune system and why their vaccinations should be up-to-date. Health experts also agree that global cooperation is an important value, but it is also important note that infectious...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/strategy/ST-SenateHELP-HealthyCommunitiesHearing-111517.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Financial Relief Need for Medicaid Physicians During COVID-19 - ...

...receive a very small proportion of their revenue from Medicare, and therefore are eligible for additional funds from the general allocation, should be prioritized when HHS distributes the remaining $20 billion in relief. Given that most women’s health, pediatric, and family...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/payment/medicare/LT-HHS-COVIDReliefFunds-042820.pdf

Amicus Brief: State of California v. Azar - July 8, 2019

...that the full array of clinical services should be available to women without costly delays or the imposition of cultural, geographic, financial, or legal barriers. ACOG members care for women of all socioeconomic backgrounds, including low- income women and adolescents who...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-CaliforniaVAzar-070819.pdf

AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

...I. En Banc Review Should Be Granted Because the Order Adopts a Flawed Understanding of Patient Counseling that Is Contrary to Well-Established Principles of Medical Practice and Ethics ..................................................... 6 A. The Order Incorrectly Assumes...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-OregonVAzar-062519.pdf

AAFP Letter Responding to House Ways and Means Committee Rural and Underserved ...

...to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates for the five leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke) are all higher in rural communities. These worse health outcomes can be attributed, in part, to...

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

AAFP Letter on the Senates HELP Committee’s Lower Health Care Costs Draft Bill - June ...

...will be able to access one preventive visit and two additional visits. In practical terms, individuals could seek care acute care, like injuries or upper respiratory infections without delay. This also benefits patients with chronic health conditions, like those with diabetes, who...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/vaccines/LT-Senate-HELPLowerHCCostsAct060519.pdf

Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Potential Phase 4 Coronavrius Relief Bill -...

...an issue beyond the immediate near term as practices face an extremely uncertain timeline for resuming full operations. Therefore, Congress should direct CMS to recoup a per-claim maximum of 25% during the repayment period to ensure that while the Medicare program is being repaid...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/crisis/LT-Congress-FinalCOVID4-041520.pdf

Joint Letter to Congress from CDC Coalition on FY2020 - March 4, 2019

...Related Agencies Appropriations bill. We believe that Congress should prioritize funding for all of the activities and programs supported by CDC which are essential to protect the health of the American people. We are grateful for the important increases provided for CDC...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/prevention/environmental/LT-Congress-CDCCoalitionFY2020-030419.pdf

Amicus Brief: Texas v United States - April 1, 2019

In defense of significant coverage gains and key patient protection provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) and other leading physician organizations today filed an amicus brief in the case of Texas v. United States.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-TexasVUS-040119.pdf

Amicus Brief - Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University fo ...

...patients, as well as those of DACA recipients themselves. The rescission was therefore arbitrary and capricious, and the decisions below should be affirmed. ARGUMENT I. AGENCIES CANNOT CHANGE POLICIES WITHOUT FAIRLY ADDRESSING RELIANCE INTERESTS. Under the Administrative...

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https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/amicus_brief/AB-AAMC-DACA.pdf

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